AWARD WINNING 3D ANIMATION MAGIC PIANO COMING TO NINTENDO VIDEO

30 th January 2012 - Nintendo 3DS owners will soon be able to view free 3D content from the award winning film and animation production studio, BreakThru Films, when the first in a variety of clips from their upcoming animation, the enchanting Magic Piano , becomes available for free via Nintendo Video from 2 nd February. Kirby and Star Wars fans will also be happy to know that they can watch, via Nintendo Video, a specially designed two part 3D Kirby TV episode and also a Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace 3D trailer both available from 2 nd February.

The Magic Piano tells the story of Anna, a girl whose father has to leave their native Poland and look for work in London. Anna misses her father terribly and sets out to find him, closely followed by her annoying cousin Chip Chip. While trying to hide from her cousin in a garbage pile, the kids find a broken piano that magically transforms into a flying machine and they are whisked off on an adventure across Europe.

The beautiful short animation has recently been shortlisted to feature at the 2012 Oscars ceremony and Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to get a unique insight into the animation through these stunning short clips that can be received via SpotPass™.  

The Magic Piano is directed by the renowned Martin Clapp and features a selection of Chopin’s timeless compositions performed by the world famous superstar pianist Lang Lang. Each of the eight clips features an Etude performed by Lang Lang and gives Nintendo 3DS owners an exclusive look into Anna’s tear-jerking story of heartbreak, but on the other hand, great happiness, and also the magical journey that Anna and Chip Chip embark upon. The clips also offer an insight into the incredibly detailed process of creating the animation.

Also on offer are a variety of short animated clips from the World of the Flying Machine including two thoroughly amusing clips titled the “Fat Hamster” and “Papas Boy” all nominated to be on the 2012 Best Short Animation Oscar Longlist. You will also have a chance to watch “Little Postman”, the World’s first painting animation in 3D, which won the award for Best Short 3D Film at the LA 3D film festival.

Nintendo 3DS owners can also look forward to being among the first people to take a glimpse at this iconic Star Wars content in 3D, by downloading the remastered trailer to the upcoming theatrical release Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, which will be coming soon to cinemas in 3D.

"Right back at Ya!" is a two part Kirby TV animation made specially in 3D for Nintendo 3DS. It stars all of your favourite Kirby characters as they battle King Dedede and a giant Lobzilla who have set out to destroy Kirby. The two part episode will be available, via Nintendo Video, from 2 nd February 2012.

Nintendo Video brings music videos, exclusive comedy, animation, and action to your Nintendo 3DS. Every week, new videos will be delivered to your Nintendo 3DS via the SpotPass feature. But the videos won't stay long – wait too long and you'll miss them. To start watching, download Nintendo Video from the Nintendo eShop today.

The first of the eight 3D clips from the Magic Piano and the World of the Flying Machine will be available to view, via Nintendo Video, from 2 nd February 2012, as well as the two part 3D Kirby TV episode and also the Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace 3D trailer.

For more information on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Video and SpotPass, visit the official Nintendo 3DS website at www.nintendo3ds.co.uk. For information on performing a system update, visit the Support section at support.nintendo.com

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Editors Notes:

*Requires Nintendo 3DS internet browser to be installed. If you haven’t downloaded the Nintendo 3DS internet browser yet, you need to apply a manual System Update through the System Settings on your Nintendo 3DS. To perform the recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply start the “System Settings” from the Home Menu, select “Other Settings” and scroll the page right to select “System Update.”

About Nintendo:

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 620 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™.  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

About BreakThru Films:

Founded by producer Hugh Welchman, BreakThru Films is a London- and Lodz- (Poland) based prize-winning film and animation Production Company, handling its own international sales and domestic distribution.

BreakThru established its reputation with its slate of prize-winning shorts which have collected over twenty international awards & nominations, including two BAFTA nominations, an official selection at Cannes, the Annecy Cristal and Annecy Audience awards, Canal+ Prize, TCM prize, the Rose D’ Or as well as an Oscar for Best Short Animation Film for Peter & The Wolf.

In addition to our productions, we were the Visual Effects Producers on the Edith Piaf biopic, La Vie En Rose, winner of the Golden Globe, four Baftas and two Academy Awards. We are also the Associate Producers and UK distributors of “Free Jimmy”, starring Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Simon Pegg, David Tenant and Jim Broadbent, which was the closing film for Critic’s Fortnight, at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the Annecy Cristal for Best Animated Feature Film.  


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