Starring John Swasey, Eric Vale, Ian Sinclair, Sean Hennigan, Bryn Apprill

After the death of his single mother, a young boy named Ren wanders the city, and a chance encounter brings him to the Beast Kingdom. There, he becomes an apprentice to Kumatetsu, a strong but reckless bear-like man who wishes to succeed the Grandmaster as the Lord of Beast Kingdom. The two slowly develop a strong bond, and the film spans the length of Ren’s boyhood. Though lesser renowned than Studio Ghibli’s work, Hosoda has quickly formed an impressive filmography. The animation here is astounding, and the story is very moving.

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