The official website for the band Mr. Children announced on Tuesday that the group is performing the theme song “Birthday” for the 2020 Doraemon film Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Shin Kyoryū (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s New Dinosaur). The official YouTube channel for the Doraemon anime films began streaming a teaser video that previews the song.
Staff also revealed a new visual for the film.
The film will open on March 6, 2020.
The film’s story begins with Nobita meeting two twin dinosaurs named Kyu and Myu. Despite the film’s similarity in title to Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Dinosaur, the first film in the franchise, the story is completely different. The new film is the franchise’s 40th, and it marks the the 50th anniversary of the original manga.
Kazuaki Imai, an episode director on the Doraemon television anime, and the director of 2018’s Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island film, is directing the 40th film. Genki Kawamura is also returning from the 2018 film to pen the new film’s script.
The film has a manga adaptation in Coro Coro Comics that launched in September. Shintarō Mugiwara is drawing the manga.
A separate manga adaptation by high school student Ran Tokiwa will launch in Shogakukan’s Ciao magazine on November 30. Genki Kawamura is scripting the manga, and Shintarō Mugiwara, the “final apprentice” of Fujiko F. Fujio, is collaborating on the manga.
The film is also inspiring a Nintendo Switch game that will debut in Japan on March 5, a day before the film’s opening. FuRyu is developing the action-adventure game.