From Polygon Pictures (Press Release)
2016 saw the release of the no. 1 box office smash hit live action film, Shin Godzilla (directed by Hideaki Anno). This grounded portrayal captured the hearts of audiences, and has been honored with seven prizes at the 40th Japan Academy Awards, including Picture of the Year.
The next step in the Godzilla franchise will be the release this November of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. This landmark year in which Japan celebrates the 100th anniversary of the release of its first animated film will also finally herald the first time in history that the challenge has been undertaken to adapt Godzilla into an animated feature.
An advance teaser trailer is now available on the web, ahead of being also shown in cinemas starting from Saturday, July 8.
Starting with the words "1 year on from Shin Godzilla..", the trailer shows the protagonist, Haruo (Mamoru Miyano), as he gazes down intensely at the beautiful blue Earth below from the returned emigration ship, a number of landing craft descending toward the surface itself, crew members preparing themselves for battle, as well as what seems to be a flashback to a fierce fight between armed humans and a previously unknown monster—the Servum, which has now proliferated over the surface of the planet.
Then, in the final shot, what appears to be the colossal form of Godzilla himself, with his signature roar! In the face of this fearsome presence, to which the response can only rightly be "despair", can humanity truly prevail?
A sub-species of Godzilla discovered by the Earth landing party, given the name "Servum".
Cellular analysis shows a 97% similarity to Godzilla, when compared to data collected during a nuclear attack on that beast in 2032, before the escape from Earth.
Like Godzilla, it has extremely metal-like body tissue, but despite this can generate a strong electromagnetic charge.
Two varieties of Servum have been observed, the flying type, and another worm-like kind which burrows in the ground. The flying type prey on the worm type, and the worm type preys on further smaller types, creating a food chain.
Ever since it was first released as a feature film in 1954, Godzilla has come to be a colossal cultural icon loved by millions around the world. 2016 saw the release of Shin Godzilla, directed by Hideaki Anno. This grounded depiction of the iconic monster story captured audiences and became a huge hit. Now in 2017, Godzilla continues to surprise with this evolution into a feature-length animated film.
This animated movie takes the franchise into uncharted territory; mankind's fateful confrontation to retake their planet in a distant future where Godzilla has dominated the Earth for 20,000 years.
Directing is Kobun Shizuno, whose theatrical release of Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare last year achieved the highest box office success yet for that famed franchise. He is joined by another proven talent on the cutting edge of computer graphics, Hiroyuki Seshita, director and supervising director of Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine and Ajin:Demi-Human. Penning both the story and screenplay is Gen Urobuchi of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass, a writer known to his large and loyal fan base as a master of meticulous and unpredictable storytelling laced with powerful ideas. Finally, handling the production is 3-consecutive Emmy award winning Japanese 3DCG animation studio, Polygon Pictures, which produced Knights of Sidonia, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars for U.S. television and earning Outstanding Special Class Animated Program at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Prepare for the earth-shattering roar of a brand new Godzilla, unlike anything heard or seen before!
The final summer of the 20th century… when mankind learns it is no longer the sole ruler of planet Earth.
The planet is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the Earth, and king among them is "Godzilla". For a half a century, these beasts engage in ferocious battle with each other and mankind. Ultimately humanity, unable to compete, prepares for exile from its home planet. In the year 2048, a select few humans are chosen by the central government's artificial intelligence to set out on an interstellar emigration vessel, the Aratrum, on an 11.9-light-year journey for the planet Tau Ceti e. But when they arrive after 20 years of space travel, the remnants of mankind find the environmental conditions on Tau-e to be much worse than expected, and uninhabitable by humans.
On board the vessel is a young man, Haruo. When he was four years old, he saw his parents killed by Godzilla before his eyes, and in the 20 years since he has thought about nothing but returning to Earth and defeating Godzilla. With their chance for escape to another world closed, and living conditions on the ship deteriorating, Haruo spearheads a movement to return to Earth despite the dangers of such a long return trip.
Somehow, the Aratrum makes the return journey in one piece, but the home they return to has become an alien planet. 20,000 years have elapsed, and a new ecosystem has emerged with Godzilla at its apex. Can mankind take back its native planet? Will Haruo get his revenge?
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