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.
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.’
Hayao Miyazaki is probably the second most famous animator/storyteller in the world after Walt Disney. His films have enjoyed universal acclaim (From Up On Poppy Hill, at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, is his lowest aggregate score) and his skill as both artist and director is virtually unparalleled.
On October 18th, VIZ Media will release The Art of Castle in the Sky (95% on Rotten Tomatoes) to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary – collecting illustrations, character artwork and insights from Miyazaki on one of his most entertaining films. Details follow the jump.
The inspiration for the anime masterpiece Princess Mononoke, Princess Mononoke: The First Story is an ecological fable written and illustrated, in gorgeous watercolors, by the legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki.
Published in North America by VIZ Media, the oversized (11¾ x 11¾ inch) hardcover – which also features an afterword by Miyazaki – is released under its Studio Ghibli Library imprint – and is in stores today. For further details, follow the jump.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke was a revelation to North American audiences when it premiered in 1997 – captivating mainstream audiences who had never heard the word anime. Its theme of nature versus technology was – and remains – topical, and is considered to be a genuine masterpiece.
VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli imprint is releasing a new edition of The Art of Princess Mononoke, a comprehensive look at the creation of the film, on August 26th. This new hardcover edition contains interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels as it details the creation of the film from conception to screen. For further details, follow the jump.
VIZ Media is releasing Turning Point: 1997-2008, a new memoir by Hayao Miyazaki and The Art of The Wind Rises. A paperback edition of Starting Point: 1979-1996, the first volume of Miyazaki’s memoirs will complement the release of Turning Point.
Turning Point: 1997-2008 covers the period when Miyazaki’s films – Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and 2003’s Best Animated Feature Oscar®-winner, Spirited Away – began to garner widespread international recognition. The Art of The Wind Rises commemorates Miyazaki’s final film as director – a work as wondrous as anything he’s ever done. For more details, follow the jump to the press releases. All three titles will be available on April 8th.
VIZ Media as acquired North American rights to publish two Studio Ghibli Library titles in celebration of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece, Princess Mononoke. The Art of Princess Mononoke will be released in August and Princess Mononoke: The First Story – the original Princess Mononoke story created by Miyazaki in 1980 – will follow in October.
The rerelease of The Art of Princess Mononoke will feature an all-new translation and presentation – and will include interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished cel art. Princess Mononoke: The First Story will be ‘an oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art’ Miyazaki.
Hayao Miyazaki has been called the Japanese Walt Disney; he is without doubt one of the greatest storytellers of all time. His recent announcement that he was retiring makes The Wind Rises his last film. The trailer (check it out after the jump) is wistful, even melancholy, and yet filled with hope. It seems a fitting finale for a creator whose films were always works of genius.
The Wind Rises opens in limited release on February 21, 2014 before expanding on February 28th.