Sibling jealousy is very real. It's hard for the first child to understand that they'll no longer be the sole object of their parents' affections when a new brother or sister makes their way into the world.
This concept is not new to the world of cinema (the first Rugrats movie from 1998 is a prime example), but that doesn't mean it can't be used in new and unique ways.
Enter Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai (or "Mirai from the Future" in Japan), an animated feature from Japan in which a selfish young boy gets a lesson in being a good older brother from his "older" sister, who comes to visit him from the future. During an adventure through time, the siblings will bond, while teaching our hero that he must protect and love his baby sister.
A new trailer has been released for the movie, and it looks like a beautiful mix of animation and sentiment.
Watch it below:
Hosoda is no stranger to the world of heartwarming animated films or the sci-fi storytelling concepts. He worked on Digimon: The Movie (2000) as well as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) and Summer Wars (2009).
Making its worldwide premiere at Cannes, Mirai earned positive reviews from critics.
"Hosoda has a lovely, light touch and leavens the proceedings with dry, well-observed humor," wrote The Hollywood Reporter in its review. "Likewise, the character design walks the line with grace between big-eyed anime cutesiness and closely observed realism, capturing with insightful wit the way dogs and kids move and wiggle, especially given the fact that they have different centers of gravity compared to adults. There are also some finely timed slapstick moments, and altogether, the story lasts a comparatively sprightly and pleasant 98 minutes, displaying a brevity that would serve more cartoons from the region well."
"Japanese animation master Mamoru Hosoda delivers a story of such intimate, unpretentious simplicity, you’d hardly recognize it as coming from the ambitious visionary behind those films. And yet 'Mirai' — which inventively depicts the way a young boy’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of a baby sister — could not have been made by anyone else. It’s the work of a true auteur (in what feels like his most personal film yet) presented as innocuous family entertainment."
Mirai will premiere in the U.S. at a special event on Thursday, Nov. 29, before making its way to select theaters the following day, Friday, Nov. 30. You can buy tickets here.