The Boy and the Beast

  • Saturday August 06, 2016 11:00 AM

Pre-order ticketing is available online until 2 hours prior to each screening, then tickets will be available at the information desk or by calling 817.738.9215.

THE BOY AND THE BEAST (Mamoru Hosoda, 2015)

Special Guests:
Mike McFarland, ADR Director
John Swasey, voice of Kumatetsu
Bryn Apprill, voice of Kaede

In the latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children), a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts and is taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who's been searching for the perfect apprentice.

119 minutes, PG-13, English

Reception following.


Screenings will be held in the Modern's auditorium. Tickets are $9, $8 for Modern members, $6 for Modern Reel People members, and $5 for children under 12.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 5. They may be purchased in advance at or by calling 817.738.9215. 

Introduction and Q & A:
The Modern is deeply grateful to Dr. Marc Hairston for his counsel in the selection of the films for this series. Dr. Hairston will introduce and discuss the films at every screening.

Dr. Marc Hairston is a scientist who researches space weather using the Coupled Ion Neutral Dynamic Investigation (CINDI), a satellite that studies how neutral gas motions and charge particle motions are related. Dr. Hairston is also interested in the scholarly study of anime and manga and is on the board of editors of Mechademia, the first English-language academic journal addressing these topics. Along with Dr. Pamela Gossin, Dr. Hairston teaches a lecture course at the University of Texas at Dallas titled “Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki.”

Meet the voice actors:
John Swasey is very excited to be playing one of the title roles in Funimation’s theatrical release (March 2016) of Mamoru Hosoda’s film, The Boy and the Beast.  John plays the Beast, Kametesu.
John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films.  Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters with  FUNimation, ADV Films, Switchblade Films, Sentai Films, Okratron 5000, Gearbox, Seraphim Digital and Illumitoons just to name a few. His many roles include Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell and Jinnouchi in Summer Wars, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami. 
John is also very excited to be playing one of the title roles in Funimation’s theatrical release (March 2016) of Mamoru Hosoda’s film, The Boy and the Beast.  John plays the Beast, Kametesu.
Mike McFarland got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Entertainment, and has since moved on to become a Director, Script Writer, and Line Producer for numerous anime series. His latest role is Jean Kirstein in Attack on Titan.
As an ADR/Voice Director, Mike has worked on such series and films as Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z, Vexille, Summer Wars, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Yu Yu Hakusho, Mushi-Shi, Case Closed, Dragon Ball, Eden of the East, Trinity Blood, Evangelion: 1.11 / 2.22 / 3.33, Tokyo Ghoul, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and One Piece. ADR Scriptwriting credits include Fullmetal Alchemist, Kodocha, Trinity Blood, Solty Rei, Mushi-Shi, One Piece, and the uncut versions of Dragon Ball Z. 
Video Game credits include work on Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Halo Wars, Stuntman: Ignition, Aeon Flux, Bloodrayne 2, Roadkill, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, numerous Dragon Ball Z titles, Smite, Paul Phoenix in Street Fighter X Tekken, as well as fan favorite Charlie Nash in Street Fighter V.
Mike is also an accomplished improv comedian, musician, and has appeared in numerous commercials and independent films, including The Rage Within, House Of The Generals, Placebo, and the award-winning Shtickmen. 
Bryn Apprill is relatively new in the voice-acting community, beginning her career in the summer of 2013.  She feels so blessed to be able to work with so many incredible and talented people at FUNimation and Okratron 5000. Over the past few years she has lent her voice to over 50 different characters, including Kotori Itsuka from Date A Live,  Hiyori Iki from Noragami, Christa Lenz from Attack on Titan, Cyan from Show by Rock!, and Meldy from Fairy Tail. She has also had the opportunity to work on some of the movies that have passed through FUNimation, including Hal, Strike Witches The Movie, and The Boy and the Beast.