Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess

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Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess
Jewelpet the Movie- Sweets Dance Princess poster.jpg
The Film's Theatrical Poster
Japanese映画ジュエルペット スウィーツダンスプリンセス
HepburnEiga Juerupetto: Suwītsu Dansu Purinsesu
Directed byHiroaki Sakurai
Written byTakashi Yamada
StarringAyaka Saito
Aya Hirano
Nozomi Sasaki
Miyuki Sawashiro
Aki Toyosaki
KENN
MAKO
Ai Shimizu
Rina Hidaka
Mana Ashida
Hiroki Shimowada
Yumiko Kobayashi
Music byWataru Maeguchi
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • August 11, 2012 (2012-08-11)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget¥27,657,025.43 (US$355,395)

Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess (映画ジュエルペット スウィーツダンスプリンセス, Eiga Juerupetto: Suwītsu Dansu Purinsesu) is a 2012 Japanese animated film and the only Jewelpet movie. The film was directed by Hiroaki Sakurai, who is also known for his work in the anime adaptations of Daa! Daa! Daa! and Cromartie High School and written by Takashi Yamada, the main writer of the Ojamajo Doremi series. The movie was released in Japan on August 11, 2012. DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film were released by Toho on January 25, 2013.

Sweets Dance Princess is a completely new story, and is set in an alternate universe from the Jewelpet TV series.

Development[edit]

The movie was first announced in February 2012 and it formally introduces the Sweetspets, who first appeared in the anime Jewelpet Sunshine, as well as other characters exclusively created for the movie.[1] A short 30 second trailer of the film was streamed on March 1, 2012.[2] A press conference of the film was held on March 30, 2012 which occurred at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo to promote the film. Along the guest stars were child actress Mana Ashida and the designer of Hello Kitty, Yuko Yamaguchi.[3] Yamaguchi stated that Ashida's singing and dancing is both cute and energetic and fits well with the movie's theme.

When released in cinemas, the movie was double-billed with the short film Onegai My Melody Yū & Ai.[4]

Plot[edit]

Ruby and her friends are all headed to Sweetsland, the home of the Sweetspets, to celebrate Princess Mana's birthday with a festival. However, during the preparations, a strange object falls from the skies, containing a male Sweetspet named Gumimin. Unknown to everyone, he may be the only one who can save Sweetsland from impending chaos, and eat all the sweets in the land to help save it.

Cast[edit]

Regular characters[edit]

Character Voice Actor (Japanese)
Ruby Ayaka Saito
Garnet Aya Hirano
Sapphie Nozomi Sasaki
Labra Miyuki Sawashiro
Angela Aki Toyosaki
Jasper KENN
Charotte MAKO
Sango Ai Shimizu
Sakuran Rina Hidaka

Guest characters[edit]

  • Mana Ashida as Princess Mana (マーナ姫, Māna hime): The daughter of the rulers of the Sweetsland Kingdom, Mana is born on Sweetsland who is celebrating her seventh birthday. Despite being born in a high class, Mana is down to earth with everyone. She is an aspiring manga artist and also loves cake and dancing. She also wields a crown that allows her to collect and use magic from the Sweetspets, amplifying it.
  • Hiroki Shimowada as Duke Creme de Brûlée (クレーム・ド・ブリュレ公爵, Kurēmu do buryure kōshaku): Duke Creme de Brûlée is the young duke of the Sweetsland Kingdom, who wanted the whole kingdom for himself. He has a secret agenda and wants Mana's affections while overthrowing the kingdom. Chocolat is one of his agents, sent to spy over Ruby's friends. He is also responsible for sending Gumimin's to Ruby's friends, with the problem with his memories being erased.
  • Yumiko Kobayashi as Park (パクくん, Pakukun) / Gumimin (グミミン, Gumimin): A Fennec fox Sweetspet who came down from the skies of Sweetsland during Ruby's and her friends dance practice. In his first appearance, he suffers from Amnesia and has recollection on who he is, so he is named Park by his friends. Park tends to be airhead and also likes all types of sweets, but also wants to be supportive to Ruby. The Duke is taking interests on him as he is later revealed to be a Legendary Sweetspet. Yuko stated that Gumimin's motif is Gummy candy during the film's press conference.

Music[edit]

The Music of the movie was composed by Wataru Maeguchi, who composed the soundtrack in the anime series Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You and Suzy's Zoo Daisuki! Witzy.

The movie's opening song is titled Magic of Dreams (夢の魔法, Yume no mahō) and the ending theme is titled Friends Forever and Ever (ずっとずっとトモダチ, Zutto Zutto Tomodachi), both performed by the Japanese Child Actress and Singer Mana Ashida. "Friends Forever and Ever" is also the ending song of the fourth Jewelpet Series Jewelpet Kira☆Deco! that was released on May 16, 2012 while "Magic of Dreams" is an entirely new song especially composed for the movie.[5] The movie's official soundtrack album, titled Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess Soundtrack (映画ジュエルペット スウィーツダンスプリンセス サウンドトラック, Eiga Juerupetto: Suwītsu Dansu Purinsesu Saundotorakku) was released on August 8, 2012.[6]

Reception[edit]

The film was a box office failure in Japan, debuting at No. 14 on Box Office Mojo's chart and earned US$355,395 on 106 screens from August 11–12.[7] It then fell from the list a week later.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cinematoday.jp/page/N0039153
  2. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-03-01/jewelpet-sweets-dance-princess-film-promo-streamed
  3. ^ 芦田愛菜、自ら堂々と発表!プリンセス・マーナ姫役で声優出演決定!キュートに主題歌を披露. cinematoday (in Japanese). cinematoday. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-05/jewelpet-magical-girl-anime-gets-4th-tv-show-1st-film
  5. ^ 愛菜ちゃん、劇場版「ジュエルペット」で映画主題歌に挑戦!. eiga.com (in Japanese). eiga.com. 2012-03-27.
  6. ^ "「映画ジュエルペット スウィーツダンスプリンセス」サウンドトラック【CD Maxi】【2012年8月8日発売】". Universal Music Japan (in Japanese).
  7. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-08-19/japanese-box-office-august-11-12
  8. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-08-26/japanese-box-office-august-18-19

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