9/4/05 -- Knock Knock Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Well, KoHD premiered tonight,
and they were pretty light on the edits, as far as I could tell. There was the predictable
editing of Faye boobie (during the shower scene), but surprisingly Electra boobie was deemed
acceptable. The end credits were also set on double speed. The most surprising "edit" of all,
though, was more of an un-edit. Rather than the lame "Cowboy Bebop TEH MOVIE LOLZ", they actually
put up the original title, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, with the kanji and everything.
I thought that was pretty cool, myself. When I get the time, I'll do a page for the edits in the
film; I'm sure there are some that I'll only see when I watch the broadcast version side-by-side with
the uncut version.
8/23/05 -- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie television premiere - KoHD will premiere on Adult Swim
on September 3rd at 12:00am EST.
5/10/05 -- So, you want to hear the vocal-less version of Dijurido they played
in KoHD? - Thanks to Kief
Nilsson, now you can.
5/9/05 -- PSP release - The film is scheduled to be released for the PSP on May 17th.
10/10/04 -- And babe, won't it be fine. - Fashionably late as always, I point you to the
latest (relatively speaking) news of CB as discovered by Daikun on the boards - Cowboy Bebop: Ze Film
will debut on Cartoon Network in the fall of 2005. The specific announcement can be found on the
Adult Swim boards here
7/16/03 -- Finally, a good looking DVD cover. - If you're like me,
you hate the movie DVD cover for the R1 release with a passion. Lucky for all
of us, Gooieduck has created something
much more worthy of Bebop. He's kindly letting me host them on my server for all
to see. A small preview may be found here.
A link to these covers is in Miscellaneous, in case
you need to find them later. Enjoy. I know I will. (Apologies, Guy, for taking so long to put these
up. I've been on vaction. ^_~)
6/24/03 -- DVD release - Don't forget to buy your copy of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. (lensflare
to the groin not withstanding.)
6/18/03 -- Cowboy Bebop movie DVD - The movie DVD is just about
to be released (June 24), and I'm sure you've all got your preorders in. Interestingly,
I preordered the disk from Deep Discount
DVD, and they've already shipped it. It won't arrive before the street date
- it'll probably arrive right on the day of - but I thought it was a nice gesture.
The real news for today is that Sony has released clips of some of the extras
on the disk. You can find the complete story (and the clips) here, care of ANN.
4/30/03 -- Updated theater listings. - The following theaters will be getting the Cowboy
Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center
Lincoln, Nebraska: Friday, June 20 - Thursday, July 3
Tacoma, WA: TBA
Edmonton, Alberta: 4/25
Starts: May 16
Rialto Cinemas Lakeside
Santa Rosa, CA
Coming Soon - May
Starts: May 2
Check the official site for other new theater listings. Thanks to Chris Pimlott and Kali of
rec.arts.anime.misc for the information.
4/9/03 -- KOHD DVD. - As reported to me by nothing, The Digital Bits posted a cover
for the Bebop movie DVD, which is being released on June 24th. Let us hope that "Special
Edition" means that the R1 version will have all the extras that the Japanese version did.
4/6/03 -- Box office numbers for KOHD. - Box Office Mojo has the weekend numbers for
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Currently it's got a $4,579 per theater average. An odd thing about
this page is that it states that the opening date for the movie is April 11. I wonder if they know
something we don't?
4/4/03 -- CB movie opens today. - See it if you can.
4/3/03 -- SoulKool contest. - In order to promote the release of Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on
Heaven's Door on Friday, SoulKool is giving away a signed drawing by Toshihiro
3/17/03 -- Promotion. - A trailer for the Bebop movie can be found on the VHS version
of Half Past Dead. The trailer is slightly different from the one offered for download on this site
and streamed at the official site. I'd like to capture it, but unfortunately I don't have any way of
capturing video from my VCR.
3/2/03 -- All good things. - Thanks to metsallica, we now have downloadable
versions of the streamed video from the official
Cowboy Bebop movie site. They're in .asf format, so those of you who don't
have (or don't want to use) Windows Media Player can rest at ease. It's also great
for people with slow connections. (believe me, I feel your pain) You
can get the clips from my downloads page. If you're
having trouble finding the trailer, it's here.
2/28/03 -- O_O Words fail me. - Apologies for being really late on updates. A certain
someone has been keeping my mind occupied lately. ^_^ Thanks very much to Galaxia, Digital Sin, and every one else who's been keeping
us up on Bebop news. The very latest on the movie: The official English site is up and running, with theater listings,
a trailer, clips from the movie, and more. If you haven't had the chance yet to hear any of the
English dub of the movie (like myself) it's a real treat. I'm really looking
forward to this one. The site also has another confirmation that the date of the film is
April 4th, not March as has been reported elsewhere. There's also a Cowboy Bebop promotion going
on; details are here.
1/25/03 -- 3 film items today. - Thanks to Linus Mines and BBT for keeping me up on the
latest news. I've got several things to report, so bear with me.
For starters, on the 25th The Academy of Music Theater
in Northampton, MA, will be showing Cowboy Bebop, the movie (along with some other
anime titles). Second, Destination Films has
finally updated thier site with a date for the film: April 4th. Contridicting this date is
a recent article by Newtype, stating the date at March 28th. Personally, I'm going to
believe Destination films on this one. Knowing that the date has been changed around
more than once, it's most likely that Newtype sent the February issue to print before
the Destination finalized the date. Finally, as reported by Linus Mines, is that the distribution of the film
seems to have changed hands. According to Yahoo! Movies,
the film is being distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films. This may or may not be true; I
take everything reported at Yahoo! Movies with a huge grain of salt. We'll see how
things turn out in the coming months.
12/31/02 -- Date change. - Apparently, KOHD will not be released January
3rd. Despite some announcements otherwise, Columbia has seemingly decided on April 4th as a
release date, according to several sources (including Fandango) Kind of a bummer, that.
I don't know why Columbia keeps moving the date.
12/04/02 -- Definitive movie date from Fandango - Galaxia was kind enough to report that
Fandango now has a page about CB
the movie. January 3rd is the date, but that's only for the early New York/LA release.
There will be a wide release later on, but no one knows when. Some have suggested March,
but I'll believe it when I see it.
11/06/02 -- This is a fun humor website. I hope you would enjoy it. - Two bits
of news that bear repeating: one, ANN
reports Tristar plans to show both the sub and dub print of Knockin' on Heaven's Door
in theaters, and that the film will be released January 2003. Which, if you've been
paying attention, are things we reported months ago. Ho
10/31/02 -- More KOHD premieres - More KOHD film screenings for
you! First, the film will place on November the 4th and 8th at the Hawaii International
Film Festival. Visit this
page for complete details. Thanks, GK, for the link. The other one hasn't
been announced officially yet, so I was a little worried about reporting it. Hadcore
Hex reports that according to one of the staff, C-Kon
2002 (November 15-17) will be showing KOHD. It's not on the schedule yet, but chances are
that it will be part of the "premieres" block on the 16th.
10/10/02 -- Canadian KOHD showing - In movie news, we've got another showing: Waterloo, Ontario.
This year's Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema will
include a showing of both Cowboy Bebop: The
Movie and Spirited Away. The festival will take place November 6th and 7th. Hours have
not yet been announced. Source: Anime News
10/01/02 -- Further "premiere" screenings of KOHD - This month there are two
more announced "permiere" screenings of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. One at the Yerba Buena Center
for the Arts in San Francisco on the 12th and 13th, and one at the Austin Film Festival
on the 12th. Sources: Anime News Network,
9/19/02 -- Destination films' official site updates with KOHD info. - There's not a
whole lot there yet, but the offical Destination films website
finally has some information about Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
(Destination films is the sub-company within Columbia/Tristar under which they're releasing
the film). To see their Cowboy Bebop information, click on "in Theaters." Hopefully in
coming months they'll include a list of cities and an official opening date.
9/9/02 -- Transcript from AXNY panel. - Anime on DVD now has a transcript
up from the Bebop panel at AXNY. Thanks to Isitreal? for posting this in the forums.
I am still working on a BAAF page, sorry for the wait.
8/31/02 - Further tidbits from the dub premiere. -- First of all, it
turns out that Columbia did make at least one edit to the film, an edit I wasn't
expecting: the title card of the film now says "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie" instead
of "Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Well, I can accept that if it's the
only edit, but I still think it's stinky. About the dub cast, JC and others confirm
that every dub actor from the series reprised thier role in the movie - even the three
old men and Punch and Judy. No need to worry about Ed, she hasn't been replaced. The
new roles are as follows:
- Jennifer Hale is Electra
- Daran Norris is Vincent
- Nicholas Guest is Rasheed
- Dave Wittenberg is Lee Sampson
That's all for now.
8/31/02 - BAAF aftermath. -- The dub of KOHD has premiered. I will
post a full report as soon as I'm provided one by JC and any of the other kind
souls who are supplementing information. In the meantime, visit this
thread from the Jazz Mess forums to read the preliminary reports.
8/30/02 TODAY'S THE DAY. - Your waiting is over, you lucky bastards. Today
the dub of Knockin' on Heaven's Door premieres at
BAAF. Watanabe, Kanno, and Kawamoto
will be there just to answer your questions. You do realize that if you don't make a
full report you're going to hell, right? :p
8/28/02 - Cowboy Bebop dub premiere: SOLD OUT! - I hope all of you
that wanted tickets to the Friday premire of Cowboy
Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door were able to get them; it seems that at this
point the theater is totally sold out. From what I understand, you can still get
tickets to the Saturday showing of the film. I would have posted this news earlier,
but as you can tell from the side bar I've been working on a gallery for the site.
8/22/02 -- Get your Cowboy Bebop dub premiere tickets early! - Going to
the Cowboy Bebop dub premiere
at BAAF? Don't want to wait in
line at the theatre for tickets? You, my kooky friend, are in luck. Tickets for
the August 30th showing are available right now from Fandango.com.
8/18/02 - Movie news from LA preview. -- According to those who attended
the preview of Knockin' On Heaven's Door at the
Egyptian theater in LA, a studio representative from Columbia was present. According
to the rep, not only will there be a wide theatrical release of the film, but
in those areas showing the film on multiple screens, Columbia will insist that
both the sub and the dub be shown. Yay for our side!
8/10/02 - Reminder: KOHD preview at the Egyptian -- Just a reminder for
the lucky dogs who live in or near LA. The Egyptian
theater (as was announced a few months back) will have a special preview showing
of the Cowboy Bebop movie tomorrow, Sunday the
11th of August. It won't be the dub (that's being premiered at BAAF at the end of the month), but
rather the sub.
7/16/02 -- English cast to be retained! Yoko Kanno also making an appearance
at BAAF! - Mike Toole of Anime Jump just
posted the following press release at Anime
on DVD (emphasis added to the relevant passage):
BIG APPLE ANIME FEST 2002 HOSTS ENGLISH LANGUAGE WORLD PREMIERE OF COLUMBIA/TRI-STAR'S
"COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE"
Much Anticipated Film Debuts August 30th With Widely Popular Original English
New York, NY - The Big Apple Anime Fest 2002 (BAAF 2002) is proud to announce
that the festival will premiere the theatrical English dub version of "Cowboy
Bebop: The Movie" on August 30th, 8:00pm at Loews State Theater (Virgin Megastore)
in New York City's Times Square. At the premiere, Cowboy Bebop director, Shinichiro
Watanabe, score composer, Yoko Kanno and character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto
will be on hand to meet their legions of fans. Cowboy Bebop is also currently
an enormously popular animated TV show, currently seen in the U.S. on Cartoon
Network. The show, which fuses compelling sci-fi elements with an amazing soundtrack,
has been called one of the greatest Japanese anime imports ever. Cowboy
Bebop fans have not only been eagerly anticipating the movie, but they also successfully
lobbied to make sure that film included the original English-language voices they
have come to know and love. Cowboy Bebop is scheduled for release by
Columbia-TriStar Pictures in early 2003.
Cowboy Bebop takes place in outer space during the year 2071. Spike Spiegel, a
former gangster and Jett Black, a former cop are a bounty hunting team who chase
down the galaxy's toughest criminals for the price on their heads. Throughout
their action-packed adventures, they are joined by Faye Valentine, a cool, confident,
sexy gambler and Ed, a brilliant, teenage computer hacker. David Lucas is the
voice of Spike Spiegel, Wendee Lee is Faye Valentine and Beau Billingsley is Jett
Ryoko Maebayashi, Big Apple Anime Fest Coordinator, says she is thrilled to premiere
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie at the 2002 festival. "Cowboy Bebop is one of the greatest
anime shows to come out of Japan. The English language version will be a true
event and we are proud that fans will be able to see this film first at BAAF 2002.
Furthermore, Vince Averello just sent me the following:
Just got mail from BAAF - Yoko Kanno will also be at AXNY/BAAF :-)
Ah, life is so very good. :D
7/15/02 -- BIG ASS NEWS FROM BAAF! - Thanks to wen-wen of the Bebop Boards,
we now know that Shinichiro Watanabe and Toshihiro Kawamoto will be at the dub
premiere of Cowboy Bebop at the Big
Apple Anime Fest! A look at the schedule confirms
the presence of both men for a Q&A session during the premiere. Ah, if only I
lived near enough to NY to attend. If you are and are planning on attending, for
the love of green hair, take notes!!
7/13/02 -- Knockin' On Heaven's Door confirmed for the UK - From Anime
I recently attended a press screening of Metropolis at which I had the opportunity
to question a representative of Columbia Tristar UK about their future anime-related
plans. The important news is that she confirmed that they are planning a UK release
for the Cowboy Bebop movie. A theatrical release
is still uncertain, but a VHS/DVD release should be out early next year at the
latest. No other releases are planned (rumours connecting them with the Cowboy
Bebop TV series are unfounded).
7/6/02 -- Further updates from AX -- It has been confirmed that Marc Handler,
the original ADR script writer for Cowboy Bebop, has been retained to do the film.
Also, other Animaze staff members are said to be working on the movie. This isn't
a confirmation of the entire cast, but it is nevertheless a good sign.
sources: Anime On DVD and Digital Sin.
7/6/02 -- Very important news from Anime Expo - First: the dub of Knockin' On Heaven's Door will premiere at the Big Apple Anime Festival
(August 30 - September 2). That's right, the dub. So in other words, whom
ever they're going to cast, has been cast. Here's hoping they made the right decision.
I'm going to go ahead and leave the cast petition and letter writing campaign
links at the top of this page, though, just in case. Second: the very first screening
of Columbia's subtitle of Knockin' On Heaven's Door
was screened at AX this week. According to those that saw it, the name was not
blotted out in any way. And of course, contrary to stupid, stupid rumor, the music
wasn't changed at all. Take that, AICN!! sources: VinceA, Micheal Wilson, and
the Anime on DVD forums.
6/23/02 -- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie?! Goddamnit. . . - From Anime
Daniel has obtained the following from the Egyptian Theater (Hollywood) Catalog:
The Cowboy Bebop movie will be showing Sunday August 11 at 5 p.m. at the Egyptian
theater in Hollywood. As mentioned earlier, the title has been changed from "Knockin
On Heaven's Door" to simply "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie". It will be presented in
Japanese with subtitles. Running time seems to be 120 minutes, which is around
the same time as Jonah's R2 version; thus no content should be edited post-9/11
as rumoured. Unfortunately, I haven't seen the original in raw or fansubbed format,
and I can't make it to see this version. Therefore, if there's anyone else who
has seen the film and who can make it, feel free to do so and report on anything
that could be edited. (such as the rumoured Yoko Kanno music).
I second the motion; if anyone makes it to this showing, please, please take notes
and send in a report. As for Yoko Kanno's music being edited, personally I'm not
a bit worried about it. I saw the original "report" about that on AICN; the story
was full of holes and the source was far from reliable. It does seem to be the
case that they're renaming the film to "the movie" instead of "Knockin' On Heaven's
Door", though. >_< Thanks to Roger Smith for pointing out this news to me.
6/08/02 -- KOHD screening - TONIGHT! - From Digitalsin:
The "My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation" anime
film festival at the Tampa Museum of Art on Ashley Street in downtown Tampa will
screen the Cowboy Bebop motion picture, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" tomorrow evening (June
8th) at 7PM. Admission to the film is free with museum admission. For more information,
contact the Museum at (813) 274-8130.
The question on my mind is, will this version be one translated professionally
by Columbia (subtitles only, since no one has been cast for the dub yet), will
it be one of the bootleg translations floating around, or will it perhaps be the
untranslated Japanese version?
4/24/02 -- Dub cast still in the air. - Big Big Truck is back from ACen
and has compiled a report
of the events. Interesting quotes from the Melissa Williamson panel:
"When asked whether the Bebop English voice cast would reprise their roles in
the Sony / Columbia-TriStar release of Knockin' on Heaven's Door, she responded
that 'nothing is definite yet, but we've got our fingers crossed.' Considering
that several Animaze voice actors appeared in the Sony/CTS release of Metropolis,
I'd say prospects look good, although, as Ms. Williamson said, nothing is definite
"Apparently, Sony/CTS had originally wanted to do a rush release of the film in
time for Halloween of 2001, to coincide with Bebop's first televised run in the
US. (Remember, the Japanese theatrical release date was September 1.) Of course,
after the September 11th terrorist attacks, the story material of the movie was
still too sensitive to be received well, and the release was postponed."
"On the English adaptation: "We loved the Japanese version so much - we felt it
was perfect already, so we really drew from that. Sometimes in an English dub
you have added dialogue where in the original version, there's silence. We didn't
do that. We did not add dialogue. I think Bebop tells more without dialogue
than any other anime. . . We had kind of an unusual setup. I felt David was our
strongest, most confident actor, so we'd do three episodes at a time... he'd come
in and record one and a half episodes, then we'd get the rest of the cast in so
they could play both off him and off the original Japanese version, then we'd
bring David back in to finish it up"
Go read BBT's complete report, it's worth the time.
4/24/02 -- Teaser trailer on Metropolis DVD; strange anamoly - If
you picked up the recently released Metropolis DVD, you'll notice that
included among the extras is the teaser trailer
for Knockin' on Heaven's Door. The peculiar thing is that the English words
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" have been blotted out from the trailer. It has been
speculated that this is because Columbia is worried about rights to the name (since
it's a reference to a Bob Dylan song). Hopefully, this is just a temporary quirk
on the trailer or perhaps Columbia is trying to add anticipation by being cagey
about the name of the piece? Either way, it is to be hoped that the movie will
be released under the appropriate name.
3/12/02 -- Dub cast semi-confirmed - A news bite from Cowboy
Bebop.com (in English, no less) mentions that they "heard from a credible
source", the same English cast will voice the movie as did the TV series! Right
on! This is pretty much a confirmation, but I'll still be sure to print the official
word when it comes out.
1/25/02 -- Cowboy Bebop movie licensed - That's right. Columbia/Tristar
has licensed the Cowboy Bebop movie "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." This news comes
from Anime News Service, who got
a press release from Columbia/Tristar stating that a trailer for "Knockin' on
Heaven's Door" would be on their "Metropolis" DVD. Is this good news or bad news?
To me, the answer to that question will come when the English voice cast is announced.
I'll be keeping my ear to the ground on the subject.
1/25/02 -- R2 DVD released - For those unwilling to wait for the English
release (and who can speak Japanese), you can order the R2 DVD from CDJapan.
12/08/01 -- An interesting development for the Cowboy Bebop movie I'd heard
rumors of this before, but now it is confirmed: Columbia/TriStar is "aggressively
pursuing" the rights to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." To me, this can only mean
one thing -- a theartrical release. Read Anime News Network's story here
notable songs: See the CDs