Animation studio Studio Colorido has signed a multi-year deal with streaming giant Netflix, to co-produce a total of three anime films. The list includes an upcoming film from Tomotaka Shibayama, the director of A Whisker Away. The movie still doesn’t have a title, but it is set for release in 2024.
In a comment published on the official website, Shibayama explained the concept behind the upcoming movie: “The new film I am currently planning is a tale of a mysterious love and it that takes place during a winter season. I would like to deliver a work that will be a cheer-up song for everyone, while carefully depicting the extraordinary things that come suddenly in daily lives and the emotional growth of the characters. We hope you will enjoy it.”
Shibayama directed A Whisker Away alongside Junichi Sato, in 2020. The movie was a Netflix original and is streaming exclusively on the platform. Mari Okada wrote the screenplay, and Mina Kubota did the music. The film’s opening “Hana ni Borei” and ending “Usotsuki” are both performed by Japanese rock duo Yorushika.
According to the studio Colorido’s president Koji Yamamoto, the deal with Netflix will aim to create works that really show the “uniqueness” of the studio’s creative direction. He also added that they have been working hard and moving forward in their own way to achieve this goal.
Netflix connects Japanese films with users around the world. In the next 10 years, we want to continue to make original works that are unique to Colorido with confidence. We will use this milestone of 10 years since our founding as an opportunity to work with Netflix to deliver such “works that are uniquely [Studio] Colorido” to the world.Statement from Koji Yamamoto, via official website (ACN Edit)
Studio Colorido is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary. Their first movie, Hinata no Aoshigure, was released in 2013. Over the years they have worked on a number of fan-favorite and successful titles, including Burn the Witch, Pokemon: Twilight Wings, and more. The studio had also worked on original web animations, including Fastening Days (2014–2020), Bubu & Bulbina (2015), and Star Wars: Visions – Tatooine Rhapsody (2021). A special montage video celebrating their works was recently revealed:
Source: Official Studio Colorido Webite