Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Sony Pictures Television’s Funimation, is ready to reunite audiences with their favorite pirates of the anime seas on the big screen, having acquired the new feature-length film One Piece: Stampede from Toei Animation, Inc. Stampede is the 14th film from the global hit anime, which marks its 20th anniversary this year.
One Piece: Stampede is already a smash hit since its opening in Japan in early August – grossing more than $28.7 million to date and setting the Japanese record for the biggest opening-day audience for 2019. Funimation Films will distribute the movie in both the U.S. and Canada this fall, with theatrical dates to be announced.
“We are so excited to bring One Piece: Stampede to North America as part of our 20th anniversary celebration of this beloved anime series,” said Colin Decker, General Manager of Funimation. “It’s a blockbuster film that will delight new audiences and long-time fans alike.”
“One Piece: Stampede is a bold celebration of One Piece and its unique blend of action, humor and heart,” said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation, Inc. “Even among those who are new to the anime, Monkey D. Luffy and his crew are instantly recognizable pop culture stars. One Piece: Stampede has plenty of surprises for every viewer, and we’re excited for North American audiences to participate in this important anniversary event.”
Under the creative supervision of original creator Eiichiro Oda, One Piece: Stampede is directed by Takashi Otsuka and features character designs by Masayuki Sato. This celebration of the anime series’ 20th anniversary takes place outside the current One Piece storyline – able to be enjoyed equally by both current fans as well as those unfamiliar with the series.
Synopsis: Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat pirate crew are invited to a massive Pirate Festival that brings many of the most iconic characters from throughout the franchise to participate in competition with the Straw Hats to find Roger’s treasure. It also pits the Straw Hats against a new enemy named Bullet, a former member of Roger’s crew.
Follow www.funimationfilms.com/movie/one-piece-stampede for screening information.