Poupelle Of Chimney Town

Featured In Issue 261, May/June 2022

WSR Score5
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Shout Factory
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Yusuke Hirota
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"Poupelle Of Chimney Town" is the story of young Lubicchi living among the thick smoke from the chimneys of his isolated town, yearning to see the "stars" –– to know the truth –– his father always told him about. One Halloween night he meets Poupelle, a man made of garbage, and together they look to the sky as their adventure begins. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "The World Of Chimney Town –– A Discussion With Director Yusuke Hirota and Creator Akihiro Nishino" (HD 47:24), "What's Next For Chimney Town" (HD 21:05) and "Creator Akihiro Nishino Speciall Q&A" (HD 10:08).

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was animated digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The animation is terrific and the color palette is extremely colorful and strongly saturated with rich and warm primaries that pop. There are so many colors and complex renderings that are visually compelling. Contrast is excellent with deep solid blacks and shadow shading. White levels are bright. Resolution is superb with fine detail rendered throughout with sharp lines. This is wonderfully colorful imagery that never seizes to amaze. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is available both in Japanese with English subtitles and English. The soundtrack is very dynamic sounding with deep bass extension to sub-25 Hs frequencies that accentuate the dynamics. Sound effects are realistic sounding with excellent transient response. The music is energetic and extends wide and deep. Surround energy is aggressive and directionalized and envelops the entire soundfield. Dialogue is intelligible throughout. This is a compelling holosonic® soundtrack with excellent fidelity, Well crafted. (Gary Reber)