Toei Animation has announced its most ambitious film to date, Hypergalactic, with a story and characters co-created by Naoto Oshima and Joseph Chou.
The English-language animated family feature is directed by David N. Weiss (Shrek 2, The Smurfs and Smurfs 2) and marks Toei’s biggest CGI film to date. Hypergalactic comes on the heels of Toei’s major anime hits including THE FIRST SLAM DUNK, which won the Japan Academy Film Prize for Best Animation of the Year and grossed $279 million (as of November 2023) worldwide, becoming the fifth highest-grossing anime film of all time, and the animated ONE PIECE FILM: RED, which has grossed over $246.5 million (as of January 2023) worldwide.
Hypergalactic will feature the voice talents of Adam Devine ( “The Righteous Gemstones,” The Out-Laws), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade, Despicable Me), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy) and Sam Richardson (“Veep,” “The Afterparty”). Charades is representing the worldwide distribution rights to the film and will launch sales at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin this month alongside Iwashina Corporation founder Kevin Iwashina, who is also an advisor to Toei Animation. Currently in post-production, the main producer of Hypergalactic is Yoshi Ikezawa from Toei Animation and the executive producers are Kozo Morishita, Katsuhiro Takagi and Tim Kwok.
“With Hypergalactic, the hugely talented Game Designer Oshima has created a multicultural adventure tale of epic scale – combining memorable global characters with a Japanese Anime aesthetic and a Western approach to storytelling,” said Yoshi Ikezawa, Producer at Toei Animation. “We look forward to delivering our brand of quality animation to broader global audiences beyond our existing loyal and committed fan base.”
Yohann Comte, Co-CEO of Charades, continued: “Toei Animation has established itself as one of the most consistent global creators of quality animation. Hypergalactic is the result of their experience in creating recognizable global IP, the team’s ability to adapt manga into successful universal Anime – such as Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon – and their interest in supplying stories for an array of audiences. I believe Hypergalactic is a rare opportunity for the independent film marketplace to partner with one of the most significant companies in animation.“
Hypergalactic follows an adventurous teenage girl (Fisher) and her baby brother in the not-so-distant future, after they liberate the forgotten protector of Earth, Ohkan (Devine), in the hopes that he can help reunite them with their missing parents. Together, the unlikely trio sets off on a surprise-filled journey, discovering the deeper meaning of family along the way.
Devine is best-known for his turn as Bumper in Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, and most recently the Peacock television series “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin”. Devine stars as Kelvin Gemstone in the acclaimed HBO series, “The Righteous Gemstones” with additional credits including: Isn’t It Romantic?; The Lego Batman Movie; Ice Age: Collision Course; and The Intern.
Fisher rose to notoriety after starring in Bo Burnham’s indie feature, Eighth Grade, for which they were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Additional roles include Agnes in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, and Parker Needler in The Addams Family. Most recently, Fisher starred in the HBO series, “Barry,” and as Skye in Season 2 of “Amazon Prime’s “The Summer I Turned Pretty.”
Simmons is one of the most esteemed actors in the industry, perhaps best-known for his Academy Award winning performance in Whiplash and his role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Simmons also received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Being the Ricardos. A few additional credits include Juno; La La Land; Palm Springs; and the Amazon Prime television adaptation of the “Invincible” comics.
Richardson is an Emmy Award-winning comedian and actor who broke out in HBO’s political comedy, “Veep.” He has frequently collaborated with fellow comedian Tim Robinson, including on the Comedy Central series “Detroiters” and Robinson’s “I Think You Should Leave” on Netflix. Most recently, Richardson starred in Apple TV+’s “The Afterparty”; HBO’s adult animated series “Velma”; and Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
Weiss is a screenwriter and director, having written and co-written a number of animated screenplays including: Shrek 2; All Dogs Go to Heaven; The Smurfs and its sequel; The Rugrats Movie; and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Most recently, Weiss wrote the story for the 2022 Disney+ film Disenchanted starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, and Maya Rudolph.
Devine is represented by CAA, Avalon Management and Yorn, Levine, Barnes, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner, Endlich, Goodell & Gellman. Fisher is represented by Innovative Artists. Simmons is represented by The Gersh Agency. Richardson is represented by UTA, Artists First, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Weiss is represented by Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo.