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New Yorkers Will be Getting a Full Slate of Ghibli Movies and a Screening of the Absolutely Awesome Redline! - Plus Great Waterloo Schedule

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Before we get to the New York awesomeness, The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema kicks off in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada tomorrow.  The schedule includes


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)



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.



Title   Director (Producer)   Versions Year RT
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 (PaprikaThe Girl Who Leapt Through TimeSummer 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.




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  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    That's not all of them...

    by Jon

    They're at least missing Grave of the Fireflies. Still cool though. I'd definitely like to see Totoro on a big screen with an audience.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Missing the greatest of them...

    by dockealy

    Grave of the Fireflies.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I only discovered Ghibli through watching movies with my kids.

    by dockealy

    Some seriously great films. Wish I had actually seen them when I was a kid. Nothing Disney makes manages to delight my girls like the Miyazaki films do. Anytime they see a blimp they get all excited - Look, Dad! AIR pirates!

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Oh so THRILLED!!

    by Daytripper69

    My chance to finally see many of these gems on the big screen. Howl's Moving Castle is tops! My Neighbors The Yamadas is hugely underrated!

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Miyazaki Aardman and Pixar

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    The three gods of animation,i love the Miyazaki films a bit more though

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 1:56 a.m. CST

    But how will they be projected?

    by jimmy3vil

    After Beaks' little post the other day, it would be great if you guys started adding details on whether the screenings you post about will be digital copies or film prints. I don't want to get another argument started (that thread is already heated enough) but there is a noticeable difference, good or bad, so it would be nice to know the particulars if the details are available.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 4:56 a.m. CST


    by SonOfChiba

    ...Is good stuff. Not as mind-blowing as the rave reviews had led me to believe, but still, good stuff. If you're in the US and have a multi-region DVD and/or BD player, it came out in the UK this week.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I have a question about Anime: What's with all the humanoid animals?

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    If I was more into Anime I'm sure the answer would present itself. But whenever I've checked in on a few animes in the past, like Dragonball-Z or now Redline, I've seen human size dogs, bears, etc walking amongst us? Is that a Japanese cultural thing? A neo-atomic plot device in which radiation has mutated us or... what's it mean? I'm curious and finally, I gotta know.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Randy

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Any word on when we'll see more Ghibli/Miyazaki movies on Blu-Ray?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by Johnno

    That's... not typical at all... Most anime doesn't feature any overtly animal designed characters, mostly just humanoids. You just happened to see a few that did. Typically anime in the fantasy genre seems to have more of these... but not necessarily. REDLINE actually is sci-fi, so those animal characters are alien races. I don't believe there's any cultural reason as to why this is so anymore than having Jimminy Cricket and Bear Rabbit in Disney films. It's basically because these are fantastical cartoons and sometimes the artists like to draw animal/human characters. Other times there's usually the typical tropes of catgirls or dog boys for variety, or usually just some mascot pet for merchandising's sake.

  • I think in either Jan or Feb... but it'll be soon.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST


    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    It is a cultural thing involving Japanese folklore that certain animals can change into human forms but Redline does`nt fall into that category because as johnno said their supposed to be alien races

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Grave of Fireflies is NOT a Ghibli film.

    by dasaroo

    It is owned by another company, Shinchosha, who farmed out the animation to Ghibli much like everyone gets ILM to do CGI. Studio Ghibli does not own the rights to the film.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Wyrdy, Johno: Thanks for the explanations

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    That helps me accept it more readily, now. Every time I'd see them, I'd be like WHY?? All the way to the end of the episode/story and no characters would ever say anything about it.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    "REDLINE will be releasing on Blu-ray next year in North America"

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Aaauuugh! I have to wait 'til next year? (Whoops! Got so freaked I didn't read the rest!) Hope it's a January release.

  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    And Ponyo!!!! My kids LOVE Ponyo!

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    That is a great film! Gonna have to revisit 'Fireflies'. Haven't seen it in ages.

  • March 5, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by F-18