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GKIDS To Reissue Studio Ghibli Catalog

[pr] KIDS IN DEAL FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTS TO STUDIO GHIBLI CATALOG 

BLU-RAY AND DVD REISSUES BEGIN WITH 8 CLASSIC TITLES IN OCTOBER 2017

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced that it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the famed Japanese animation studio’s catalog in North America.  Beginning October 17, 2017, GKIDS will begin reissuing new Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s renowned films with six initial titles from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki: Howl’s Moving CastleKiki’s Delivery ServiceMy Neighbor TotoroPonyoPrincess Mononoke, and Spirited Away followed byCastle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on October 31, 2017.  The remaining titles will be reissued in the coming months in brand new Blu-ray and DVD, and are listed below.

The Studio Ghibli library, led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, is one of the most coveted and critically-lauded in animation, and includes such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, which was recently listed at #2 in the New York Times’ “Best Films of the 21st Century So Far”, the Academy Awardnominated Howl’s Moving Castle, the epic masterpieces Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,and the beloved family classic’s My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

The announcement represents a continuation and deepening of the relationship between GKIDS and Studio Ghibli. GKIDS has handled theatrical rights for the Studio Ghibli catalogue since 2010, and released the studio’s recent films From Up on Poppy Hill, and the Academy Award®-nominated titles The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There, as well as the previously unreleased Only Yesterday and Ocean Waves.  With the new deal, Studio Ghibli theatrical and home entertainment have been brought together under one roof for North America.

As previously announced, GKIDS, in partnership with Fathom Events, is bringing six beloved Ghibli titles back to theaters nationwide with Studio Ghibli Fest 2017.  Kiki’s Delivery Service will play two shows only on July 23 and 24 in both dubbed and subtitled versions at about 600 theaters. To buy tickets and view the full schedule, please visit https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest.

“GKIDS is absolutely thrilled and honored to be the home of the treasured Studio Ghibli catalog,” says GKIDS CEO Eric Beckman.  “These are among my favorite films of all time and we are more than excited to be able to introduce these films to new audiences.”

Newly Acquired Titles Include:

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1984
  • Castle in the Sky, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1986
  • My Neighbor Totoro, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1988
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1989
  • Porco Rosso, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1992
  • Pom Poko, directed by Isao Takahata, 1994
  • Whisper of the Heart, directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, 1995
  • Princess Mononoke, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1997
  • My Neighbor the Yamadas, directed by Isao Takahata, 1999
  • Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2001
  • The Cat Returns, directed by Hiroyuki Morita, 2002
  • Howl’s Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2004
  • Tales From Earthsea, directed by Goro Miyazaki, 2006
  • Ponyo, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2008
  • The Secret World of Arrietty, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2010

Studio Ghibli Titles Currently Represented by GKIDS:

  • Only Yesterday, directed by Isao Takahata, 1991
  • Ocean Waves, directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, 1993
  • From Up on Poppy Hill, directed by Goro Miyazaki, 2011
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, directed by Isao Takahata, 2013
  • When Marnie Was There, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2014

ABOUT STUDIO GHIBLI

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animated film directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, and has produced twenty-two feature-length films.  Most Studio Ghibli films ranked number one at the box office in Japan in the year in which they were released.  Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 2001, is the all-time highest grossing film in Japan, earning over 30 billion yen at the box office.  The Studio’s Spirited Away (2001), How’s Moving Castle (2004) and Princess Mononoke (1997) are among Japan’s top 10 grossing films.  Studio Ghibli films have garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim from film critics and animation specialists around the world.  Spirited Away was awarded the Golden Bear as the Best Feature Film at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.  In October 2001, Studio Ghibli, in conjunction with The Tokuma Memorial Cultural Foundation for Animation, founded the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, designed by Hayao Miyazaki.   The Wind Rises (2013), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013), When Marnie Was There (2014) and The Red Turtle (2016), the last four films released by Studio Ghibli, have earned the studio four consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

 

 

ABOUT GKIDS

GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding nine Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, and My Life as a Zucchini in 2017.  GKIDS also handles North American distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited AwayMy Neighbor TotoroPrincess Mononoke and others.  This fall, GKIDS is launching ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival produced in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety Magazine.  The first edition unspools October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

 

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