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When checking Wikipedia on Doraemon's films, partly to see what is the next annual film for the robot cat, it surprised me to find out that the next one (this year) is going to be CGI instead of the hand-drawn animation like the previous ones. It's not just 2D CGI, but it will be in 3D, like those Pixar films. It's strange to learn about this, but it's cool to know this, since Doraemon is a childhood favourite character.

(EDIT: My mistake, the annual movie is another 2D movie, this time a remake of an old one. The CGI movie is standalone from what I can tell)

Here's a trailer:



I suppose it's only natural for Doraemon to delve into the third dimension some time, being an evolving series about a future cat. I am grateful that they used the original manga models instead of the second series anime's one, because I felt that it didn't quite feel right, compared to the manga. Yes, usually the anime gets more attention, but I mainly read the Doraemon manga, which is why I prefer the manga's style (Doraemon's pupils are bigger in the manga, as shown by a white dot in the middle).

There is one thing that struck me as odd. In that 3D movie, Nobita's eyes are very different from his cartoon counterpart. I would say it's the way his spectacles look by default. Basically, if you directly translate his face into real life, the spectacles would be more like an eye mask (yet it will look like spectacles once removed). Perhaps the fact that Nobita removes his spectacles in the film is the reason they have to make the spectacles more realistic. It does look uncanny, yes, but it gives 3D Nobita a distinct look. I would go out and say that Nobita's mother would have the same treatment, so I can't wait to see how 3D Mrs. Nobi look like.

The other characters look fine in translation. Gian is looking fine although I can't see how his eyes look like, Suneo looks like the cartoon counterpart, Shizuka and Dekisugi look gorgeous (as they should), and Doraemon is as expressive and cute as ever, if slightly different in 3D.

Before I finish this, I would like to show you a short that is animated in 3D (it's in Chinese, though). It's notably lower quality than the movie, but it was made years ago anyway. The short is basically about Nobita bonding with a dandelion with the help of a special eyewear that allows him to see living things as sentient and hear what they say.

Thanks for reading.

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Updated 10th April 2014 at 09:25 PM by winstein

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  1. Robo-Floatzel's Avatar
    I never really thought anime would work with CGI well, but granted it's a rather old franchise. I don't know much about Doraemon though but I may have learned a bit more now.
  2. Satoshi-kun's Avatar
    Nobita's eyes are very different from his cartoon counterpart.
    Indeed! I actually kinda like how Nobita looks in this though, very cute design.

    This year's movie ( ストーリー|『映画ドラえもん 新・のび太の大魔境〜ペコと5人の探検隊〜』公式サイト ) is a remake of the movie where Nobita rescues a dog and takes him back to the past, where he and other strays form their own civilization I think (one of my favorites!), so will this be next year's movie?
  3. winstein's Avatar
    @Satoshi-kun;

    No, that movie isn't next year's move, if Wikipedia is of indication. It is probably a separate movie from the annual 2D ones, from what I can tell. In essence, the annual Doraemon movie next year could be another 2D move for all we know. Still, I won't mind if they leap to 3D, or better yet, have a case where the characters dive into 3D between 2D.

    By the way, this year's movie isn't about sending stray animals back in time (that is a different movie). It's a different movie about a stray dog (Peko) who is a royalty or heir of the throne (I don't remember) of a civilisation of dogs that can walk on two legs and talk without Doraemon's intervention (at least, it's not mentioned that it is). He was sacked by an evil dog lord, and the dog hit a lucky break when Doraemon wanted to find some mysterious land with a satellite (he overheard their conversation, so he chose to be adopted because of that). The gang found the land thanks to Peko's direction. It also features a gigantic dog statue that animates, and the land is set in Africa, I believe.

    Long after I made this blog post, I realised that Doraemon is still annually creating 2D animation because I overlooked that remake movie related to dog civilisation. I know the overall story through the manga, so I presume it's the same here.

    One thing that I found interesting is that ever since a new management took over animation duties, there aren't anymore manga with Doraemon's adventures from the movies (the last one was about a civilisation of cats and dogs sent to the far past, before skipping out 2005). I always prefer the manga because of the fact I prefer the sequential pictures and its art style.

    Thanks for reading.
    Updated 10th April 2014 at 09:26 PM by winstein
  4. Satoshi-kun's Avatar
    By the way, this year's movie isn't about sending stray animals back in time (that is a different movie). It's a different movie about a stray dog (Peko) who is a royalty or heir of the throne (I don't remember) of a civilisation of dogs that can walk on two legs and talk without Doraemon's intervention (at least, it's not mentioned that it is). He was sacked by an evil dog lord, and the dog hit a lucky break when Doraemon wanted to find some mysterious land with a satellite (he overheard their conversation, so he chose to be adopted because of that). The gang found the land thanks to Peko's direction. It also features a gigantic dog statue that animates, and the land is set in Africa, I believe.
    Oh, thanks for clearing that up. I was wondering why they were redoing such a new movie, and I guess it turns out that they were actually redoing a very old one. They seem to be revisiting the early films a lot now, which is okay. Gives the newer generation a chance to see them.
  5. winstein's Avatar
    @Satoshi-kun; Which old pre-2005 film would you like to see revisited? I would like to see the one about Spiral City revisited. That one is about Doraemon creating a civilisation of stuffed animals on an unknown planet, but some circumstance created some intelligent beings (including a Leonardo da Vinci horse and an Albert Einstein cow). It also features a criminal who managed to clone himself with Doraemon's "egg generator" (and there is one sympathetic version). The other one is the Genesis Diary where Nobita is a god of a universe simulation (and feature bee people).

    Thanks for reading.
  6. Satoshi-kun's Avatar
    @winstein; The one that I really would love to see revisited is the one where a portal to the past is formed somehow, and Nobita ends up finding a boy who looks exactly like him, but who is a prince in his time. This one.

    My personal favorite out of all the ones that I have seen is the Spaceblazer film, and they already revisited that one. That movie is a lot of fun.

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