GKIDS, 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 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 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 Award nominated 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.
"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
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