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Colorful is a 2010 Japanese animated feature film directed by Keiichi Hara. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Eto Mori, produced by Sunrise, Fuji television, Dentsu, Sony and Toho. Theme is child suicide. It also deals with some of the pressures on school children as they come up to graduation before entering college or university. Most of the backgrounds in the film are rotoscoped, where photos and film have been realistically traced.
Directed by Keiichi Hara
Screenplay by Miho Maruo
Based on Novel ‘Colorful’ by Eto Mori
Starring Kazato Tomizawa, Aoi Miyazaki, Akina Minami
Music by Kō Ōtani
Edited by Toshihiko Kojima
Production Ascension (animation), Sunrise (production) Distributed by Tōhō (Japan) Sentai Filmworks (North America) Release dates 21 August 2010
Running time 127 minutes
Excellent Animation of the Year at the 34th Japan Academy Prize The Animation Film Award at the 65th Mainichi Film Awards. The Audience Award and Special Distinction prize at the 2011 Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France.
The Excellent Award at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival 2010.