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With Paradiso, beautiful art struggles to elevate a too-familiar post-apocalyptic story

The first issue of Paradiso was hard to pin down. When it opened, it felt a bit like a Miyazaki movie, creating its own version of an apocalypse created by man but balanced by hope. Though the opening was dark, it was rooted in childhood in a way that fans of Castle In The Sky and similar anime will find familiar.…

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Viz Media releasing Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke Picture Books

Viz Media has announced that it is set to release two new Studio Ghibli Picture Books this December, capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke with easy-to-read text and full-color pictures taken direct from the films, presented in a family-friendly oversized hardcover format.

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
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Blu-ray Review – Castle in the Sky (1986)

Castle in the Sky, 1986.

Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Featuring the voice talents of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Synopsis:

GKids has secured the new home video distributor contract for Studio Ghibli films, and they’ve released a big batch of them on Blu-ray, with more bonus features than what was found on the earlier Blu discs. Here we take a look at Castle in the Sky, which was Studio Ghibli’s first release in 1986.

If you’re thinking about starting your own film studio, you couldn’t do much worse than releasing something like Castle in the Sky as your debut effort. It was released in 1986 as Hayao Miyazaki’s first movie through his newly-founded Studio Ghibli, and more than three decades later, it still holds up.

Castle in the Sky is a rip-roaring adventure film that can hold its own with the
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Review: ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ is Beautifully Crafted, But Feels Like Studio Ghibli-Lite

The new Japanese animation house Studio Ponoc, founded and staffed by veterans of Studio Ghibli, has made a mission statement with its first feature, Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Though the studio’s name is Croatian for “midnight,” alluding to the beginning of a new day, this movie represents less a fresh start than it does business as usual. From the character designs to the animation style, it tries to create the impression of a Ghibli film at every step. The implication seems to be that fans of Ghibli need not worry about the studio’s indefinite, possibly permanent “hiatus” from feature production–at least when production began on Mary–because Ponoc is now here to take up the reins and deliver works which look and feel almost exactly the same.

But if the artists who originally founded Ghibli hadn’t been willing to test the boundaries of feature animation back in the ‘80s,
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‘Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone’ and the Indisputable Mastery of Hideaki Anno

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

In the world of Japanese pop auteurs, there are few rising stars as unpredictably eclectic, temperamental, and consistently fascinating as Hideaki Anno. Anno began his professional life in the early 1980s as a young animator working literally
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Studio Ghibli Fest adds third dates for Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle

Following the overwhelming success of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, Fathom Events and Gkids have announced that they have added third dates to all remaining titles in Studio Ghibli Fest 2017.

The dates for the four remaining films – Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle – are as follows:

Castle In The Sky – August 27, 28, 30

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – September 24, 25, 27

Spirited Away – October 29, 30; November 1

Howl’s Moving Castle – November 26, 27, 29

Sunday presentations will be dubbed and shown at 12:55 p.m. local time. Monday showings will be subtitled and shown at 7:00 p.m. local time. Wednesday showings will be dubbed and shown at 7:00 p.m. local time.

See Also: Studio Ghibli reopens for Hayao Miyazaki’s new film

Tickets for the screenings can be purchased online by visiting www.GKIDStickets.com and www.FathomEvents.com
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Fathom Events Studio Ghibli Fest Continues with Castle In The Sky August 27-28th

“The earth speaks to all of us, and if we listen, we can understand.”

Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 continues with Castle In The Sky on Sunday August 27th at 1pm (dubbed) and Monday August 28th at 7pm (subtitled) For details and a list of participating theaters, go Here.

A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta’s identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization.

Here’s the rest of the line-up for Studio Ghibli Fest 2017:

Nausicaa On the Valley of the Wind – Sept 24-25

Spirited Away – Oct 29-30

Howl’s Movie Castle – Nov 26-27

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Studio Ghibli’s first film Castle in the Sky gets a U.S. theatrical release this month

Gkids and Fathom Events have announced that Studio Ghibli Fest will continue this month with the U.S. theatrical release of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1986 anime classic Castle in the Sky, which will screen on Sunday, August 27th (English dub) and Monday, August 28th (English subtitles).

Castle In The Sky is a rollicking adventure about a young girl (Sheeta) with a mysterious crystal pendant who falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island, the site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. But greedy pirates, spies, and the army are also all in hot pursuit!

As one of Studio Ghibli’s earliest films, and the first to be released officially under the studio’s banner, “Castle in the Sky” quickly established the studio’s reputation for strong heroines, unforgettable storytelling and beautiful artwork.
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Fathom Events Studio Ghibli Fest Continues with Kiki’S Delivery Service July 23rd-24th

“If you wake up tomorrow and find a white cat, it’s me.”

Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 continues with Kiki’S Delivery Service on Sunday July 23rd at 1pm (dubbed) and Monday July 24th at 7pm (subtitled) For details and a list of participating theaters, go Here

Kiki is now thirteen, and it is now her right as a witch to leave home and move to another town to start her training as a witch for one year. Accompanying her is her black cat Jiji; a very cynical, negative feline. Moving to a seaside town in France, Kiki acquires a room in the attic of a Bakery. She works in the there but soon starts her own business; a delivery service. A love interest ensues with Tombo, a young boy who dreams of making his own flying machine. Love also comes for Jiji in the neighbors white cat. It is interesting
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Gkids To Reissue Six Studio Ghibli Films For Blu-Ray

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
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Gkids to handle home video on Studio Ghibli catalogue

Distributor now handles home entertainment rights as well as theatrical on Japanese studio titles.

Gkids has announced it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to distribute the Japanese animation studio’s home video catalogue in North America.

Starting on October 17, Gkids will reissue Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s films and kicks off with six titles from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

The initial six Miyazaki titles are Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away (pictured), followed by Castle In The Sky and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind on October 31.

The remaining titles, which include Hiroyuki Morita’s The Cat Returns and Tomomi Mochizuki’s Ocean Waves, will be reissued in the coming months on Blu-ray and DVD.

The home video partnership builds on the relationship between Gkids and Studio Ghibli. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the catalogue since 2010.

Gkids released the studio’s recent
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Studio Ghibli’s Best Movies Are Being Reissued on Blu-ray This October, Including ‘Spirited Away’

Fall 2017 is shaping up to be a great season for Hayao Miyazaki fans here in the U.S. The director’s 1979 feature debut “The Castle of Cagliostro” is returning to theaters nationwide September 14 and 19, and now indie animation distributor Gkids has announced it is patterning with Studio Ghibli to reissue its most classic films on Blu-ray starting this October.

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Beginning October 17, Gkids will release new Blu- ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s best movies. The first wave of releases includes six titles all directed by Miyazaki: “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Ponyo,” “Princess Mononoke” and the Oscar-winning Best Animated Feature “Spirited Away.” New editions of “Castle in the Sky” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” will debut on October 31.

Gkids has been handling
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Reissues of Six Miyazaki Films in the Works From Studio Ghibli, Gkids

Gkids is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the Japanese animation studio’s catalog in North America, including Hayao Miyazaki’s 2002 Academy Award winner “Spirited Away.”

The alliance was announced Monday and will start with the Oct. 17 reissue of new Blu-ray and DVD editions of six titles from Miyazaki: “Spirited Away” and Oscar-nominated film “Howl’s Moving Castle” along with “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Ponyo” and “Princess Mononoke,” followed on Oct. 31 with “Castle in the Sky” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.”

The Studio Ghibli library is led by directors and studio co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Gkids has handled theatrical rights for the Studio Ghibli catalogue since 2010, and released “From Up on Poppy Hill,” “Only Yesterday,” “Ocean Waves” and the Academy Award-nominated titles “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” and “When Marnie Was There.”

Gkids previously announced a partnership with Fathom Events to bring six Ghibli titles back to theaters
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My Neighbor Tortoro Kicks Off Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 June 25th & 26th

“Trees and people used to be good friends. I saw that tree and decided to buy the house. Hope Mom likes it too. Okay, let’s pay our respects then get home for lunch.”

My Neighbor Tortoro kicks off Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 on Sunday June 25th at 1pm (dubbed) and Monday June 26th at 7pm (subtitled) For details and a list of participating theaters, go Here

Gkids, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2017. Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 is a first-of-its-kind monthly series featuring six iconic animated classics from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. In addition to big screen presentations of these larger-than-life films, each event will also feature an exclusive edition of Gkids Mini-Fest, an ongoing showcase of some of the best short animation from around the world.
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Miyazaki! Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 – In Theaters This Year from Fathom Events

America has Ghibli fever and the only cure is….a year of Miyazaki Madness!

Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 is a first-of-its-kind monthly series featuring six iconic animated classics from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. In addition to big screen presentations of these larger-than-life films, each event will also feature an exclusive edition of Gkids Mini-Fest, an ongoing showcase of some of the best short animation from around the world.

Following the success of the Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke cinema events, Gkids, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events, are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S audiences throughout 2017.

Starting in June, the series features six of Studio Ghibli’s revered animated classics offering both dubbed and subtitled versions.

For details and a list of participating theaters, go Here

Here’s the line-up:

My Neighbor Tortoro – June 25-
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One More Gorgeous Trailer for Anime 'Mary and the Witch's Flower'

"That power will change the world." Studio Ponoc has revealed another new full-length trailer for their animated adventure film Mary and the Witch's Flower, opening in Japan this July. Studio Ponoc is the spiritual successor to Ghibli started by a bunch of former Ghibli animators. You can definitely see how this looks/feels very much like a Ghibli movie, which I think is a good thing. The best way to describe it might be a mashup of The Secret World of Arrietty and Castle in the Sky, but this is still has its own unique story about a girl who discovers a broomstick and goes to a witches school only to learn that the animals are being kept in cages. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, with music by Takatsugu Muramatsu, based on "The Little Broomstick". All these trailers are for the Japanese release, since there still isn't a Us release set yet.
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GKids’ Founder Eric Beckman Champions Independent Voices in Animation

Eric Beckman, founder and head of GKids, looks at animation in a different way than many of his contemporaries. This has made his independent distribution outfit a popular destination for filmmakers who are interested in telling complex stories with a more handmade approach to animation.

“We love what we do at GKids, and much of our passion is born out of the people we choose to work with,” says Beckman, who is receiving the Mifa & Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award at Annecy along with Gebeka Films’ Marc Bonny.

This year, the GKids slate includes “The Breadwinner” and “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.”

Founded in 2008, GKids rose in stature in 2010 when “The Secret of Kells” received an animated feature Oscar nomination, joining the likes of studio pics “Up,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Coraline” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“The extraordinary success of ‘Kells’ really helped us, both with profitability and exposure,
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Studio Ghibli Fest Bringing Miyazaki Favorites To Theaters This Summer

Film fans of all ages have a special treat coming this summer, and you want to make sure you find out everything you need to about Studio Ghibli Fest, brought to your local theaters by Gkids and Fathom Events.

Having previously partnered for special event screenings of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, the partnership now returns to Studio Ghibli for a summer-long series of films.

It all starts June 25th and 26th with My Neighbor Totoro.

Get all the info below and make sure to check the site to find out where you will get the chance to screen this wonderful films in theaters.

Studio Ghibli Fest 2017

Following the success of the “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke” cinema events, Gkids and Fathom Events are proud to announce a partnership to bring the biggest series of anime titles to U.S. cinema audiences throughout 2017. https://www.fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest

The
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Viz Media releasing Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke picture books

Viz Media has announced that it is expanding its Studio Ghibli Library with a pair of full-colour picture books for the anime classics Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke.

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.
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New Official Trailer for Japanese Anime 'Mary and the Witch's Flower'

"Just for tonight... I'm a witch." Studio Ponoc out of Japan has released a second full-length trailer for their new animated adventure Mary and the Witch's Flower. This film is receiving quite a bit of attention because it's the first major feature made by a bunch of former Studio Ghibli animators who moved over to work at Studio Ponoc, which is the spiritual successor to Ghibli. And from this trailer, you can definitely see how this looks/feels very much like a Ghibli movie. It has cats and magic and cool fantasy elements. The best way to describe it might be a mashup of The Secret World of Arrietty and Castle in the Sky, but this is still has its own unique story. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, with music by Takatsugu Muramatsu, based on "The Little Broomstick" by Mary Stewart. It tells the story of a girl who discovers a
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