This weekend, anime distributor Eleven Arts is continuing its U.S. platform release of Penguin Highway in American cinemas. The film is helmed by 30-year-old director Hiroyasu Ishida, who had ben directing short films prior to this feature directorial debut.
The peculiar film, adapted from the novel by Tomihiko Morimi, is set in a small town where friendly penguins have started popping up without explanation. Aoyama, an inquisitive boy in elementary school, takes it upon himself to solve the mystery. (Morimo also wrote Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, which was adapted into an animated feature by Masaaki Yuasa in 2017.)
Produced by Studio Colorido, Penguin Highway was first released in Japan last year where it grossed $2.7 million USD theatrically, and received a nomination for Animation of the Year by the Japan Academy Prize, their equivalent of the Academy Awards. Penguin Highway had its U.S. premiere at the 2018 Crunchyroll Expo and later screened as part of Animation Is Film in Los Angeles last October.