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.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hayao Miyazki’s first film, Castle in the Sky. It’s also the 20th anniversary of what many consider to be his magnum opus, Princess Mononke.
To celebrate these anniversaries, VIZ Media will release full-color picture books for each film in December.
The new books capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text, full-color pictures direct from the film, and a family-friendly oversized hardcover format aimed at readers of all ages.
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.
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.
There have been some very good adaptations of Mary Norton’s novel The Borrowers, but I have a hunch that Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arietty – in theaters this weekend – may be the most charming.
On February 17, 2012, Walt Disney Studios will present The Secret World of Arrietty – Studio Ghibli’s adaptation of Mary Norton’s classic novel, The Borrowers. Co-written by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi [a key animator on Miyazaki’s brilliant Ponyo], the English voice cast of The Secret World of Arrietty features Bridgit Mendler [Wizards of Waverly Place], Amy Poehler [Parks & Recreation], Carol Burnett [The Carol Burnett show, Horton Hears a Who], Will Arnett [Up all Night, Arrested Development], David Henrie [How I Met Your Mother], Moises Arias [Astro Boy].
Follow the jump for the trailer, official synopsis and three stills.
The worlds created by Japanese master animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki are wondrous places where a bus can be a giant cat; waves can be giant, fluid fish and goldfish can have human faces. They are worlds that can be as sophisticated as Citizen Kane, or as subtle as the gentlest child’s book. Ponyo, the first Miayzaki film to garner something approaching a wide release in North America, is a re-working of Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid – and is far truer to the spirit of tale than the Disneyfied movie.