The official website for Kaiketsu Zorori: Lalala♪ Star Tanjō (A Star Is Born, a reference to the American films of the same name), the first new anime film based on Yutaka Hara‘s Kaiketsu Zorori children’s book series in five years, unveiled a new visual and teaser trailer for the film on Wednesday. The teaser reveals one new cast member for the film’s heroine, as well as its December 9 opening date.
Erika Ikuta joins the cast as Hipopo.
The film will be based on the 2019 Kaiketsu Zorori: Star Tanjō book, but will have a new take on the story. The story will center on Zorori‘s encounter with a girl named Hipopo, who wants to be a star, but is unable to sing for a certain reason.
Bandai Namco Pictures and Ajia-do will again produce the animation. Atsuhiro Tomioka, the main writer for the previous two Kaiketsu Zorori television anime, is returning to pen the film’s script. Kōhei Tanaka, who has composed the music for previous entries in the franchise, is returning to score the film.
Hara’s books follow Zorori, a mischievous bandit fox who dreams of becoming the “King of Pranks.” Zorori aims to “build his own castle and make a beautiful princess his wife,” and he embarks on one misadventure after another with his two boar companions Ishishi and Noshishi.
This anime series that premiered in April 2020 was the first television anime of the books in 13 years. The show featured episodes with stories that did not appear in the previous books and adaptations. The anime also featured the new, original character Beat, Zorori‘s rival.
Hara began the book series in 1987. The books inspired a 1993 film, a 2004-2005 television anime series, another television anime from 2005 to 2007, and a second film in 2006. The earlier films were short works that screened with other anime, but the series then inspired four feature-length films in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017.