The ocean’s fish are disappearing while Ruka is drawn to an aquarium and two boys who seem to hear the same strange calls from the sea that she does.
Children of the Sea – from STUDIO4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Animatrix) – will play in cities across North America – with one night featuring the original Japanese soundtrack with subtitles and the other being dubbed into English.
The U.S. dates for Children of the Sea – presented by GKIDS and Fathom Events – are April 20 & 22. Tickets go on sale in March.
Beginning on December 17th, GKIDS will make the full library Studio Ghibli titles – including classics like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke – available on digital download-to-own in the United States and Canada.
All titles will be available in both English and Japanese languages.
GKIDS and Fathom Events are partnering for Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 -the third annual celebration of animated film from one of the world’s finest animation studios.
Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 will feature nine films from the studio’s library – ranging from stunning masterworks like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind to more intimate titles like Kiki’s Delivery Service and The Secret World of Arrietty.
Okko’s Inn follows Okko, who goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters, after losing her parents in a car accident. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment.
GKIDS and Fathom Events are brining Okko’s Inn to the U.S. for two screenings on April 22nd (English Dubbed) and 23rd (Subtitled). The trailer follows.
In addition to the feature, attendees will view an introduction from director Kitaro Kosaka.
Studio Ponoc, the animation studio founded by two-time Oscar®-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and featuring many artists from the venerable Studio Ghibli, returns this year with Modest Heroes, an anthology of three tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today.
Modest Heroes will play in select theaters on January 10th & 12th. Check out clips from the three tales below.
GKIDS has acquired the North American rights to Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1 – an animated trilogy of stories from Studio Ponoc directors Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiyuki Momose and Akihiko Yamashita.
Theatrical release for the film – which follows Studio Ponoc’s When Marnie Was There – is January, 2019.