The upcoming Studio Ponoc film The Imaginary is now a little less upcoming. The film, which had been scheduled for this summer, has been delayed. At issue is the production of the animation (well, duh) but no further details have been announced.
The Imaginary is being directed by Yoshiyuki Momose, and is based on a children’s book of the same name by A.F. Harrold, originally published in 2015. Here’s how the original book is described:
Rudger is Amanda Shuffleup’s imaginary friend. It’s a funny old life, not really being there, but someone’s got to do it. Nobody else can see Rudger – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger. Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?
This will be the first feature-length film for Ponoc since Mary and the Witch’s Flower. The studio released a series of shorts called Modest Heroes back in 2018.