Academy Award®-Winner Hayao Miyazaki’s First Feature in 10 Years
Opens in Theatres Nationwide on December 8
New York and Los Angeles Previews Begin November 22
Nationwide Early Access Screenings Begin December 4
New IMAX-Exclusive Poster Art Revealed
Tickets are on sale now for THE BOY AND THE HERON, the highly anticipated new film from legendary, Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, and celebrated animation house, Studio Ghibli. GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of award-winning animation from around the globe, will bring the film to cinemas nationwide on December 8, 2023, following preview engagements in New York and Los Angeles beginning November 22. IMAX Exclusive Early Access screenings will be held on December 4, and additional Early Access Fan Events will be available on December 6 in other premium large formats. The film will be released in its original Japanese with English subtitles, as well as a new English language version, which features the voices of Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Robert Pattinson, and Florence Pugh. The film will also be released in IMAX premium formats – the first film in the Studio Ghibli catalogue to do so.
THE BOY AND THE HERON made its international premiere as Opening Night Gala of the 48th Toronto International Film Festival. Tickets to all five TIFF screenings sold out in record time, and the film received glowing reviews and placed top three for the TIFF People’s Choice Awards. The film made its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival, its European Premiere as the Opening Night of San Sebastian International Film Festival, and made its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. The film was presented in IMAX at LA’s Chinese Theater as Opening Night of the Animation is Film Festival.
The hand-drawn, animated feature – director Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years – is an original story written and directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, produced by co-founder Toshio Suzuki, and featuring a musical score from Miyazaki’s long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. Its theme song, “Spinning Globe,” was written and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.
GKIDS handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films across all theatrical, home video, digital, and streaming platforms. The company has released Studio Ghibli’s most recent films in theaters nationwide, including the Academy Award-nominated The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, the Academy Award-nominated When Marnie Was There, From Up on Poppy Hill and more. Since 2017, GKIDS has produced the annual Ghibli Fest, a monthly nationwide theatrical program of Studio Ghibli film screenings in over 800 theaters across the country. The series continues this year with a focus on the films of Hayao Miyazaki.