Anime Fanon
Dawn's Drive-In Adventure
Release Date: March 27, 2016
Running Time: 90 minutes
Director(s): Junichi Satou

Dawn's Drive-In Adventure is an anime movie produced by Toei Animation and dubbed in English by Sentai Filmworks. Although the movie was produced in Japan, it is set in New York City, hence why all the characters have English-language names.


In this heartwarming anime movie, a young woman named Dawn and her three friends, Kaitlin, Sophie, and Mary, embark on an exciting journey of friendship, creativity, and determination as they open a drive-in movie theater called "The Starlight Cinema" in Central Park.

Determined to provide a memorable experience for their audience, Dawn and her friends carefully curate their first double feature night. They choose beloved classics like "The Secret of NIMH" and "An American Tail" to captivate viewers of all ages.

To enhance the nostalgic atmosphere, they decide to include Woody Woodpecker cartoons from the 1940s as intermissions between the movies, adding a touch of whimsy and entertainment.

However, as they prepare for their grand opening, they face opposition from a group of bullies, Calvin, Blake, Raymond, and Hans, who attempt to sabotage their efforts. These bullies have their own drive-in theater and try to force the patrons to watch an inappropriate movie.

Undeterred by the bullies' actions, Dawn, Kaitlin, Sophie, and Mary band together and rely on their creativity, resourcefulness, and the support of their community to overcome the challenges they face. They prioritize creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for their audience, fostering a sense of unity and joy.

As the Starlight Cinema's opening night unfolds, the community rallies behind Dawn and her friends. The movies and entertainment they provide prove to be a resounding success, far surpassing the expectations of both the audience and the bullies.

Meanwhile, the bullies face consequences for their actions. They are reprimanded by the police and their parents, leading to strict punishments such as grounding, restrictions on media consumption, and summer school. Their own drive-in theater is shut down due to their misbehavior.

Through their dedication and perseverance, Dawn and her friends not only triumph over the bullies but also bring their community together. They create a safe and enjoyable haven where people can gather, reconnect, and experience the magic of movies under the stars.

The movie concludes with a heartwarming celebration, as the community expresses their gratitude to Dawn, Kaitlin, Sophie, and Mary for their determination and the memorable experiences they have provided. The friends reflect on their journey and the bonds they have formed, cherishing the lasting impact they have made on their community.

Voice Cast[]

Japanese Cast[]

  • Aimi Tanaka as Dawn
  • Ayane Sakura as Kaitlin
  • Aoi Yuuki as Sophie
  • Yui Horie as Mary
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Calvin
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Blake
  • Kaito Ishikawa as Raymond
  • Junichi Suwabe as Hans

English Cast[]

  • Erica Mendez as Dawn
  • Sarah Anne Williams as Kaitlin
  • Cassandra Lee Morris as Sophie
  • Erica Lindbeck as Mary
  • Max Mittelman as Calvin
  • Billy Kametz as Blake
  • Robbie Daymond as Raymond
  • Todd Haberkorn as Hans