Wednesday, September 7, 2011… the US is on their knees, bowing deeply for the chance to see the 13 (yes, thirteen) Ghibli movies including hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces “Princess Mononoke”, “Castle in the Sky”, “My Neighbour Totoro” and “Spirited Away”.
GKids is famous for being, as quoted by their official webpage, “the home of New York INT’L Children’s Film Festival” and providing various valuable animated movies and shorts to the children. The channel has struck a deal with Studio Ghibli for the theatrical and nontheatrical distribution of the titles. In an interview for Variety, Eric Beckman (GKids’ founder) said that he was very proud and honoured to work with Studio Ghibli and that movies such as “My Neightbour Totoro”, “Spirited Away”, “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and “Castle in the Sky” have played a huge role in his life and in the creation and founding of GKids.
The first uses of the newly achieved rights over the Ghibli productions, whose first and last distribution in the States has been in the 1990’ by Troma, will be the screening of “Spirited Away” and “Castle in the Sky” for their 10 and 25 anniversaries at the New York Film Fest. There will also be a featured Studio Ghibli retrospective in New York’s IFC Center from December 16, 2011 to January 12, 2012. Another such will be shown again in the US and also in Canada, but the dates remain unannounced.
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