GKIDS to Screen Four Studio Ghibli Films in the United States Between October and December 2021

GKIDS has announced that it and Fathom Events will screen four Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki films in the United States during its Ghibli Fest 2021 event from October through December 2021.

Spirited Away will screen in theaters on October 3, 4, and 6, 2021. Howl’s Moving Castle will screen on October 24, 25, and 28, 2021. Castle in the Sky will screen on November 14, 15, and 18, 2021. My Neighbor Totoro will screen on December 5, 6, and 9, 2021. All screenings will have both subtitled and English dubbed versions. The screenings will also include bonus content.

Tickets go on sale on July 16, 2021.

Source: ANN

Mary and The Witch’s Flower, as Well as Ghibli Films, Return to U.S. Theaters

Ticketing service Fandango and various United States theater chains are listing new screenings for Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower anime film on February 24, 2018 and February 26, 2018. The film will screen with an English dub on February 24, 2018 and with English subtitles on February 26, 2018.

Fandango and the theater chains are also listing a new Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 event by GKIDS and Fathom Events. The films will screen both with an English dub and with English subtitles. Each film will screen on three days on the following dates:

  • Ponyo: March 25, 26, and 28, 2018
  • The Cat Returns: April 22, 23, and 25, 2018
  • Porco Rosso: May 20, 21, and 23, 2018
  • Pom Poko: June 17, 18, and 20, 2018
  • Princess Mononoke: July 22, 23, and 25, 2018
  • My Neighbor Totoro: September 30, October 1, and October 3, 2018
  • Spirited Away: October 28, 29, and 30, 2018
  • Castle in the Sky: November 18, 19, and 20, 2018

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Releases New Studio Ghibli Picture Books for Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke

VIZ Media delivers the timeless allure of two of Studio Ghibli’s most acclaimed films with the release of the Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke Picture Books on December 5, 2017.

Castle in the Sky, Studio Ghibli’s first feature film, celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2016. This year also marks the 20th Anniversary of Princess Mononoke, which has gone on to become one of the studio’s most popular films. VIZ Media’s releases capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text and full-color pictures taken direct from the films, presented in a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

CASTLE IN THE SKY PICTURE BOOK
MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / 26.99 CAN · Debuts December 5, 2017

The legends were true. Somewhere high in the clouds, human beings have again set foot on the floating island of Laputa, for centuries a peaceful, parklike ruin, tended only by its silent, faithful robots. But just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath—who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves. But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money—and he alone knows how to activate the castle’s ancient superweapons that could make him master of the world. Can Pazu and Sheeta stop his sinister plan? Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film.

PRINCESS MONONOKE PICTURE BOOK
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / 39.99 CAN · Debuts December 5, 2017

Marked with the curse of a rampaging boar god, young Ashitaka sets off on a journey to cure his mysterious affliction. From behind the walls of an iron-mining town, Lady Eboshi arises to smash all obstacles to technological development. And from out of the forest comes Princess Mononoke, driven by a hatred of all humans. Can she and Ashitaka ally in time to stop the wild lands from being destroyed?

VIZ Media’s catalog of Studio Ghibli Picture Books also includes editions for The Cat Returns, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, and Spirited Away.

Castle in the Sky to Screen in the United States on August 27 and 28, 2017

GKIDS and Fathom Events will be screening the Castle in the Sky anime film in theaters across the United States for a special two-day event on August 27 and 28, 2017.

Screenings on Sunday, August 27, 2017 will feature the English dub, while screenings on Monday, August 28, 2017 will present the film in Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets for the screenings can be purchased online.

Source: Crunchyroll

VIZ Media Expands the Studio Ghibli Library This Winter With New Picture Book Releases

VIZ Media announced during its official panel at Chicago’s premier pop culture and comics convention C2E2 that the company will release of a pair of full-color picture books for the Studio Ghibli films Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke in Winter 2017.

The new books expand VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli Library and capture the magic of the 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.

Castle in the Sky, Studio Ghibli’s first feature film, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the North American theatrical release of Princess Mononoke, which has gone on to become one of the studio’s most popular anime films.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

CASTLE IN THE SKY PICTURE BOOK
Debuts December 2017
The legends were true. Somewhere high in the clouds, human beings have again set foot on the floating island of Laputa, for centuries a peaceful, parklike ruin, tended only by its silent, faithful robots. But just behind Pazu and Sheeta are soldiers from the aerial dreadnought Goliath – who have captured Dola and her pirate crew, and are now looting the gold and jewels of the Castle in the Sky for themselves. But the man who guided them there, Muska, has his eyes on power, not money – and he alone knows how to activate the castle’s ancient superweapons that could make him master of the world! Can Pazu and Sheeta stop his sinister plan? Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film.

PRINCESS MONONOKE PICTURE BOOK
Debuts December 2017
Marked with the curse of a rampaging boar god, young Ashitaka sets off on a journey to cure his mysterious affliction. From behind the walls of an iron-mining town, Lady Eboshi arises to smash all obstacles to technological development. And from out of the forest comes Princess Mononoke, driven by a hatred of all humans. Can she and Ashitaka ally in time to stop the wild lands from being destroyed?

VIZ Media Celebrates the Work of Hayao Miyazaki With The Art of Castle in the Sky

VIZ Media presents a special new offering to fans of the work of anime visionary Hayao Miyazaki with the release of The Art of Castle in the Sky on October 18, 2016.

This hardcover edition joins VIZ Media’s highly commended series of art books showcasing Studio Ghibli films. The Art of Castle in the Sky’s debut also coincides with the 30th Anniversary of the original release of the film. The Art of Castle in the Sky will carry an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky was the first feature film produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli. Sheeta, a girl who has the power to defy gravity, is on the run from pirates when she meets the young inventor Pazu. Together they explore the secrets of Laputa, a flying city constructed by a long-lost race of people. All of Miyazaki’s major themes – the power of flight, the bravery of young women, and a world wrecked by change – are captured with beautiful animation and joyous storytelling.

“We are proud to release this gorgeously illustrated book that celebrates the extraordinary artwork of Hayao Miyazaki’s groundbreaking film,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “This comprehensive edition is packed with the film’s art, from conception to final release, as well as commentary and insights from Miyazaki himself. It makes a fitting addition to our extensive Studio Ghibli library.”

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s most beloved animation directors. His first feature, The Castle of Cagliostro, was released in 1979 and his critically acclaimed film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which was based on his own manga, was released in 1984. In 1985, Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli, through which he directed the box office smashes Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001), which won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) received the Osella Award for technical achievement at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. In 2005, VIFF awarded Miyazaki the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Miyazaki’s other acclaimed films include My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Ponyo. Miyazaki’s essays, interviews and memoirs have been collected in Starting Point: 1979–1996 and Turning Point: 1997–2008. His final film, The Wind Rises, was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award®. In November 2014, Miyazaki received an honorary Academy Award® at the academy’s sixth annual Governor’s Awards.

Anime Film Review: Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky (which is known in Japan as Laputa: Castle in the Sky) is a film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film was released to Japanese theaters on August 2, 1986. While this film is technically the first one released by Studio Ghibli, many consider Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind as the first Studio Ghibli film, since the founders of the studio were involved in the production. Castle in the Sky won the Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1986. In the United States, the first English-dubbed version of the film received a theatrical release on April 1, 1989.

Castle in the Sky
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Keiko Yokozawa, Kotoe Hatsui, and Minori Terada
Run Time: 126 minutes
Rated: PG

After Disney acquired the rights to distribute the Studio Ghibli material, a new English dub was recorded in 1998. Disney originally planned to release Castle in the Sky to theaters in 1999; however, after the financial failure of Princess Mononoke, the film’s release date was pushed back. The new English dub was finally released on DVD and home video on April 15, 2003, alongside Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away.

Castle in the Sky begins with a young girl named Sheeta in a flying vehicle, being escorted to an unknown location by Colonel Muska and his agents. The vehicle is attacked by a band of sky pirates; during the confusion, Sheeta grabs a small pendant from Muska and escapes. While the pirates try to grab Sheeta and the pendant, the girl falls from the vehicle; as she falls, the pendant emits a blue light, and Sheeta floats gently to the ground. A young boy named Pazu sees her falling and catches her. Pazu takes Sheeta to his home, where she sees a picture of Laputa (an ancient city that, according to myths, floats in the sky). Pazu explains that his deceased father took the picture of Laputa, but that no one believed his father. Pazu, however, does believe in Laputa, and plans to find it someday.

The sky pirates suddenly arrive at Pazu’s house, which forces the two kids to escape on a railway. Their path ends up being blocked by an armored train, and the government agents traveling in the train try to capture Sheeta. While the pirates and government agents battle one another, the two kids fall from the rail trestle; however, Sheeta’s pendant activates once again, and Sheeta and Pazu float down into an abandoned mine. In the mine, they meet Uncle Pom, an old miner, who explains that Sheeta’s pendant is made of volucite (which is the crystal that provided Laputa with its power). Uncle Pom also says Sheeta’s pendant is one of the largest and purest of these crystals in existence, and reminds her that the crystal’s power rightfully belongs to the earth; she should never use it to commit acts of violence.

When the two kids return to the surface, Sheeta admits to Pazu that she has an ancient secret name: Lucita Toel Ul Laputa (which means, “Lucita, True Ruler of Laputa”). At that moment, government agents suddenly appear, and Sheeta and Pazu are separated. During the rest of the film, Sheeta learns more about her heritage and connections with Laputa, while Pazu finds himself teaming with the sky pirates to rescue Sheeta.

Castle in the Sky has a compelling story to tell, and the animation that accompanies the story really help to bring the story to life. In addition to a compelling story, there’s also action, adventure, drama, and even a giant robot. The design for Laputa is especially impressive and gives it a fantastical feel.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this film is the fact that Miyazaki was able to portray the sky pirates in such a way that by the end, the audience cares about them. I will admit that when I first saw the sky pirates appear in the film, I never would have thought that they would end up becoming likable characters.

When it comes to the DVD set, there are three bonus features included. The first is the introduction by John Lasseter from Pixar, which is the same as what you see at the beginning of the movie.

The “Behind the Microphone” feature runs for about four minutes, and includes interviews and footage of recording sessions with the American voice actors. It was disappointing that Anna Paquin, who provided the American voice for Sheeta, wasn’t included. Considering she voiced such a major character, her omission is rather glaring. Outside of that omission, this feature was decent for what it is.

The original Japanese trailers are also included as the third bonus feature, but these only run for slightly over four minutes.

The second disc only contains a storyboard version of Castle in the Sky. Like I said in my review for Howl’s Moving Castle, I just don’t understand the appeal of watching a storyboard version of a film.

This is a film that I would recommend watching and purchasing if you enjoy the work of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Castle in the Sky is a classic Studio Ghibli masterpiece that really should be in the home video collection of anyone who considers themselves to be an anime fan.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Castle in the Sky that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

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