Before we get to the New York awesomeness, The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema kicks off in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada tomorrow. The schedule includes
6:30pm – FULL METAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS (Japan, 2011)
Friday Nov. 18
6:30pm – LEAFIE – A HEN INTO THE WILD (S. Korea, 2011)
9:00pm – EL SOL (Argentina, 2011) - Special dressup event; concert after-party to follow
Saturday Nov. 19
1:00pm – FIMFARUM 3 (Czech Republic, 2011)
3:30pm – THE GREAT BEAR (Denmark, 2011)
6:30pm – THE PRINCESS AND THE PILOT (Recollections of a Certain Pilot) (Japan, 2011)
9:00pm – CHICO AND RITA (Spain/U.K., 2010)
Sunday Nov. 20
10:00am – ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS! (U.S.A., 2011)
1:00pm – CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES FROM DEEP BELOW (Japan, 2011)
Animation distributor GKIDS announced that they will be bringing a complete retrospective of films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli to the IFC Center in New York from Friday, December 16 to Thursday, January 12. The run will include US premiere theatrical engagements for several titles, such as studio co-founder Isao Takahata's Only Yesterday and Tomomi Mochizuki's The Ocean Waves.
via Cartoon Brew
All fifteen Studio Ghibli feature films produced between 1984 and 2008 will be presented, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Films will be shown in both the subtitled and English dubbed versions.
GKIDS recently entered into an agreement with Studio Ghibli to handle North American theatrical distribution for their library of animated features. As the first engagements announced under the agreement, New York Film Festival presented a 25-year anniversary screening of Castle in the Sky and 10-year anniversary screening of Spirited Away. LA County Museum of Art and Film Independent will be presenting these same anniversary titles in a special preview screening on November 26.
Following the IFC Center engagement, the retrospective will tour to major US and Canadian markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities, throughout the first half of 2012. GKIDS is also planning limited releases of select Studio Ghibli titles, many of which have never been released theatrically in the US, beginning late 2012.
STUDIO GHIBLI FILMS – IFC CENTER – DEC 16 TO JAN 12
|Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||Hayao Miyazaki (Isao Takahata)||Subtitled and dubbed (Uma Thurman, Shia LeBouf, Edward James Olmos, Mark Hamill)||1984||116 min|
|Castle in the Sky||Hayao Miyazaki (Isao Takahata)||Subtitled only||1986||126 min|
|My Neighbor Totoro||Hayao Miyazaki (Toru Hara)||Subtitled and dubbed (Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly, Frank Welker)||1988||86 min|
|Kiki’s Delivery Service||Hayao Miyazaki (Hayao Miyazaki)||Subtitled and dubbed (Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, Janeane Garofalo, Debbie Reynolds)||1989||102 min|
|Only Yesterday||Isao Takahata (Toshio Suzuki)||Subtitled only||1991||118 min|
|The Ocean Waves||Tomomi Mochizuki (Nozomu Takahashi)||Subtitled only, digital only||1993||72 min|
|Porco Rosso||Hayao Miyazaki (Toshio Suzuki)||Subtitled and dubbed (Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes, Brad Garrett, David Ogden Stiers)||1992||94 min|
|Pom Poko||Isao Takahata (Toshio Suzuki)||Subtitled and dubbed (J.K. Simmons, Brian Posehn, Tress MacNeille, John DiMaggio)||1994||119 min|
|Whisper of the Heart||Yoshifumi Kondo (Toshio Suzuki)||Subtitled and dubbed (Ashley Tisdale, Cary Elwes, Harold Gould, Brittany Snow)||1995||111 min|
|Princess Mononoke||Hayao Miyazaki (Toshio Suzuki)||Subtitled and dubbed (Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Jada Pinkett Smith, John DiMaggio)||1997||134 min|
|My Neighbors the Yamadas||Isao Takahata (Toshio Suzuki)||Subtitled and dubbed (James Belushi, Molly Shannon, Tress MacNeille)||1999||111 min|
|Spirited Away||Hayao Miyazaki (Toshio Suzuki)||Subtitled and dubbed (Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Susan Egan)||2001||125 min|
|The Cat Returns||Hiroyuki Morita (Toshio Suzuki)||Subtitled and dubbed (Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes, Peter Boyle, Elliott Gould, Tim Curry, Andy Richter, Kristen Bell, Avril Lavigne)||2002||75 min|
|Howl’s Moving Castle||Hayao Miyazaki (Toshio Suzuki)||Dubbed (Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal)||2004||119 min|
|Ponyo||Hiroyuki Morita (Toshio Suzuki)||Dubbed (Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey)|
In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Manga Entertainment is set to release Takeshi Koike's much praised Redline and Studio 4ºC/Russian co-production First Squad: The Moment Of Truth on Blu-ray and DVD January 17th. Ahead of this video release, Redline will also have a limited theatrical run in Los Angeles starting December 2nd and in NYC starting on January 6th.
Redline—created by studio Madhouse (Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars)—is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car—all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee—but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?
Directed by Yoshiharu Ashino, First Squad: The Moment Of Truth is set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast of characters is a group of Soviet teenagers, each with extraordinary abilities. The teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th Century Order of the Sacred Cross from the dead and enlist them in the Nazi cause. First Squad: The Moment Of Truth was produced by Eiko Tanaka, Misha Shprits and Aljosha Klimov.