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‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ Draws an Impressive Voice Cast, Including Cillian Murphy

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‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ Reveals Impressive Voice Cast, Featuring Cillian Murphy

The voice cast for the upcoming animated feature ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ has been unveiled, showcasing the talents of Ken Watanabe from ‘Tokyo Vice’ and Cillian Murphy from ‘Peaky Blinders.’ A sneak peek clip of the film has also been released in anticipation of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival happening this weekend.

In this hand-drawn animated masterpiece, Watanabe (known for ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ and ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’) lends his voice to the character Kensuke, a gruff and elderly Japanese soldier. Murphy (renowned for ‘Inception’ and ‘The Dark Knight’) takes on the role of the protagonist’s father, while Sally Hawkins from ‘The Shape of Water’ voices the protagonist’s mother. Raffey Cassidy (‘White Noise’ and ‘The Other Lamb’) also joins the cast, portraying a character named Becky, whose details are yet to be revealed.

Although the main cast comprises well-known stars, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ introduces a newcomer, Aaron MacGregor, as the voice of the young protagonist, Michael. MacGregor’s previous acting credits include playing Finn in the TV series ‘Princess Mirror-Belle’ and a minor role in the popular period drama ‘Outlander’ in 2014. In this film, MacGregor’s character finds himself stranded on Kensuke’s remote island along with his faithful dog.

The shared clip offers a tantalizing glimpse into the world of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom.’ We see MacGregor’s animated character bravely exploring his newfound deserted island home, from carefully navigating slippery rocks to following his loyal canine companion into a mysterious cave. Additionally, we get a first look at Watanabe’s character as he peacefully sits by a waterfall, offering fruit to the island’s resident orangutans.

What is ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ About?

‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name. Directed by Neil Boyle (‘Tom and Jerry: The Movie’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’) and Kirk Hendry (‘Junk’ and ‘Festival Road Trip’), the film narrates the encounter between a young boy (MacGregor) and an elderly Japanese soldier (Watanabe) who sought refuge on the island after World War II. The production team includes Emmy Award-winning producers Camilla Deakin (‘The Ghastly Ghoul’) and Ruth Fielding (‘A Christmas Number One’), who joined forces with Stephan Roelants, Sarah Radclyffe, Barnaby Spurrier, Adrian Politowski, Martin Metz, Jean Labadie, and Anne-Laure Labadie. The film boasts an impressive lineup of executive producers, including Nadia Khamlichi, Sierra Garcia, Bill Godfrey, Nick Miller, Tim Morris, Courtney Pledger, Sam Wright, Stephen Kelliher, Natascha Wharton, Kim Warner, and Bizzy Day.

‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ will be screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival from June 11 to June 17, 2023. In the meantime, don’t miss our previous interview with Ken Watanabe as he shares his insights on working on ‘Tokyo Vice.’

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Animated feature film

What is the voice cast for “Kensuke’s Kingdom”?

The voice cast for “Kensuke’s Kingdom” includes Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and Raffey Cassidy, among others.

Who are the main characters voiced by Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe?

Cillian Murphy voices the protagonist’s father, while Ken Watanabe lends his voice to the character Kensuke, a hostile and elderly Japanese soldier.

Is “Kensuke’s Kingdom” an animated feature film?

Yes, “Kensuke’s Kingdom” is an animated feature film.

When and where will “Kensuke’s Kingdom” be screened?

“Kensuke’s Kingdom” will be screened at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival from June 11 to June 17, 2023.

Is “Kensuke’s Kingdom” based on a book?

Yes, “Kensuke’s Kingdom” is based on the book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo.

Who are the directors of “Kensuke’s Kingdom”?

“Kensuke’s Kingdom” is directed by Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry.

Who are the producers of “Kensuke’s Kingdom”?

The producers of “Kensuke’s Kingdom” include Camilla Deakin, Ruth Fielding, and several others.

Who is the voice actor for the young protagonist, Michael?

The voice actor for the young protagonist, Michael, is Aaron MacGregor, a newcomer to the industry.

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MovieLover96 June 9, 2023 - 5:42 pm

OMG! Can’t wait for “Kensuke’s Kingdom”! The voice cast is so impressive, with Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe! Gonna be an amazing animated feature film at Annecy Animation Festival. #Excited #VoiceCast #Animation

FilmFanatic23 June 9, 2023 - 5:42 pm

Kensuke’s Kingdom sounds like a great movie! Cillian Murphy is one of my favorite actors, and Ken Watanabe is fantastic too! The Annecy Animation Festival is gonna be lit! Can’t wait to see it! #KensukesKingdom #CillianMurphy #KenWatanabe #Annecy

Cinephile101 June 9, 2023 - 5:42 pm

Finally, some news about Kensuke’s Kingdom! Cillian Murphy is such a talented actor, and Ken Watanabe’s voice is perfect for the character. Animated features are my jam, and this one seems promising. Can’t wait for the Annecy festival! #KensukesKingdom #AnimatedFilm


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