Belle and the mysterious beast, protagonists of Mamoru Hosoda's new film, Belle.

Belle finds her beast.
Screenshot: Millennium Parade

Forward of Belles Japanese release this week (and its premiere at Cannes), our most recent search at Mamoru Hosoda’s observe-up to Mirai comes in the form of a new music video clip for the film’s digital pop-idol protagonist—and offers us some much more glimpses of its distinctive fantasy environment.

“U” is done by Millennium Parade and Kaho Nakamura, the voice of Belle in the movie. Which tends to make sense, as the movie follows Japanese high schooler Suzu, who escapes her rural daily life to commit her totally free time in an on-line globe where she masquerades as Belle, getting to be a smash hit singer in the procedure.

It’s a snazzy track, but the principal attraction of the tunes video is to get a search inside the world of U, in which Suzu and billions of other individuals across the earth renovate into dazzling virtual avatars of all styles and measurements. And they’re not all friendly, as Belle discovers, when she encounters a mysterious beast-like creature, armies of mysterious masked sci-fi warriors, and a lot more. It truthfully looks remarkable—the distinction amongst the gleaming results of the digital planet and the conventional aesthetics we see in glimpses of Suzu’s ordinary lifestyle is instead some thing to behold.

And we’ll have to wait around a tiny whilst to behold it ourselves—while Belle releases in Japan tomorrow, it won’t be out in the U.S. until afterwards this 12 months, soon after GKids lately announced it experienced acquired distribution legal rights to the film. The movie, which options character styles from Tangled, Frozen, and Moana designer Jin Kim, as properly as Wolfwalker’s Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart—plus a soundtrack not just from Millennium Parade but Demise Stranding’s Ludvig Forssell—wunwell arrive in the U.S. in late 2021.


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