GKIDS to Release the Tokyo Godfathers Anime Film With 4K Restoration and a New Dub

GKIDS has announced that it has acquired the North American theatrical and home entertainment distribution rights for Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers anime film. The company will release the film with a 4K restoration with a new English dub and subtitles in early 2020.

Tokyo Godfathers premiered in Japan in November 2003. Columbia Tristar opened the film in the United States in December of 2003. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on DVD in North America in 2004.

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GKIDS to Release Studio Ghibli Films Digitally on December 17, 2019

GKIDS has announced that it will release 21 Studio Ghibli films for digital download-to-own in the United States and Canada on December 17, 2019 on digital transaction platforms including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft, and FandangoNOW. The films will be available in English and in Japanese with English subtitles. This marks the first time that the films will be available for digital transaction. The films include:

  • Castle in the Sky>
  • The Cat Returns
  • From Up On Poppy Hill
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas
  • NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind
  • Ocean Waves
  • Only Yesterday
  • Pom Poko
  • Ponyo
  • Porco Rosso
  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Secret World of Arrietty
  • Spirited Away
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Tales from Earthsea
  • When Marnie Was There
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • The Wind Rises (launching in the third quarter of 2020)

There will also be a six-film bundle that includes Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.

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So, About That Discrepancy Concerning Streaming of Studio Ghibli Films…

On October 16, 2019, Anime News Network had posted an article that was sourced from Polygon, stating that Studio Ghibli’s films would not be coming to streaming services any time soon. The Polygon article by Matt Patches was published on October 15, 2019, and sourced North American film distributor GKIDS.

But then on October 18, 2019, it was announced that Studio Ghibli’s films would be streaming on HBO Max starting in Spring 2020.

Anime News Network is now reporting that GKIDS clarified what happened on their Twitter account. According the company, they were not contacted for the article and the statement that served as the basis for the claim that the films will not come to streaming services is dated to 2018.

Polygon’s article included the statement “GKids was unable to provide a comment from a Studio Ghibli representation for further clarification or additional updates on deals in progress.” According to GKIDS, they were not contacted in the last week for the Polygon piece.

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HBO Max to Stream Studio Ghibli Films in Spring 2020

HBO Max and GKIDS have announced that HBO Max will begin streaming the “entire Studio Ghibli film library” of 21 feature films in spring 2020. This deal marks the first time that Studio Ghibli films will stream on any platform.

The announcement noted that Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and other films will be available at launch. The full lineup of feature films that will stream on HBO Max includes:

  • Castle in the Sky
  • The Cat Returns
  • From Up On Poppy Hill
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas
  • NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind
  • Ocean Waves
  • Only Yesterday
  • Pom Poko
  • Ponyo
  • Porco Rosso
  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Secret World of Arrietty
  • Spirited Away
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Tales from Earthsea
  • When Marnie Was There
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • The Wind Rises (launching Fall 2020)

The Polygon website has reported that GKIDS told the website that Studio Ghibli had no plans to stream its films.

“Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally, whether for download or streaming, anywhere in the world,” a GKIDS representative told Polygon via email correspondence earlier this year. “They continue to believe that presentation is vital and particularly appreciate opportunities for audiences to experience the films together in a theatrical setting.”

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Studio Ghibli Has No Plans to Release Films on Streaming Services

Film distributor GKids has told Polygon that there are currently no plans to release Studio Ghibli’s catalog on streaming services, be it Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+. The same goes for pay-per-view streaming services like Amazon Prime or Apple Movies.

“Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally, whether for download or streaming, anywhere in the world,” a GKids representative told Polygon. “They continue to believe that presentation is vital and particularly appreciate opportunities for audiences to experience the films together in a theatrical setting.”

Source: ANN

Weathering With You Anime Film to Open in North American Theaters on January 17, 2020

GKIDS has announced that the Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko) anime film will open in North American theaters on January 17, 2020.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) hosted the North American premiere of Weathering With You as part of its Special Presentations category, with screenings on September 8, 10, and 14, 2019. Japan submitted the film for consideration in the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards.

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Promare Anime Film to Get an Additional Screening in the United States on December 8, 2019

GKIDS and Fathom Events have announced that Trigger and XFlag’s Promare anime film will get an additional “Promare (Redux)” event screening in the United States on December 8, 2019 at 12:55 p.m. local time. The screening will have English subtitles and feature all-new bonus content.

GKIDS also confirmed that it will extend its screenings of the film into the next week at select locations in North America.

Source: ANN