Kokone Morikawa has a bad habit of napping during the day, but when her father disappears three days before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – and is accused of stealing technology from a powerful corporation.
Kokone enlists the aid of childhood friend Morio to find him – and they realize that her dreams (of a world with incredible motorized contraptions) are the key to finding him – and the mystery of the stolen tech.
GKIDS is bringing Napping Princess – directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) – to North America in both dubbed and original Japanese voice tracks. It opens in Los Angeles and New York on September 8th – before platforming across the continent.
GKIDS has acquired the home entertainment rights for the Studio Ghibli catalog – including such classic titles as Princess Mononke and Spirited Away.
The distributor will reissue the Studio Ghibli titles beginning with eight titles in October: Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away followed by Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
All eight titles will be in stores on October 31st.
GKIDS (producer and distributor of animated features for adults and family audiences), Annecy International Animation Film Festival (the world’s leading animation Festival and Market) and Variety magazine have announced the launch of Animation Is Film – and annual animation film festival in Los Angeles.
The first edition will run October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood (Mann’s Chinese Theater) with a showcase of 20 programs including feature films in competition, special presentations, retrospectives and short film programs.
My Life as a Zucchini – Switzerland’s entry as Best foreign Language Film for the Oscars® – is the story of a boy who finds himself in an orphanage, filled with kids his own age after his mother dies, thanks to his policeman friend, Raymond.
With the help of Raymond and his new friends, gradually, Zucchini’s life gets better.
My Life as a Zucchini will released in both its original French (with subtitles) and an English-dubbed version – featuring Nick Offernan, Will Forte, Amy Sedaris and Ellen Page – on February 24th. The English-dubbed trailer follows the jump.
On Hayao Miyazaki’s birthday, GKIDS and Fathom Events will celebrate by bringing the acclaimed director’s masterpiece, Princess Mononke, back to select American theaters for two nights: January 5, 2017 (with English dubbed) and January 9, 2017 (in the original Japanese with English subtitles).
Spirited Away is considered by many to be Hayao Miyazaki’s greatest film.
This year is the film’s 15th Anniversary and GKIDS is bringing it back to theaters for two days – December 4th & 5th – along with an exclusive short film from Studio Ghibli called Ghiblies: Episode 2.
Spirited Away follows 10-year old Chihiro on what she expects to be a boring trip with her parents but takes her into a world of ‘fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a witch who never wants to see her leave.’
What if the student who surpasses the master is his daughter?
That’s one of the questions tackled in the animated film Miss Hokusai, the new film from director Keiichi Hara, the story of a famous painter whose daughter, O-Ei, is the real talent behind his success.
Miss Hokusai opens in select theaters on October 14th. Its first trailer follows the break.