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August 27, 2019

GKIDS ANNOUNCES ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR PROMARE

GKIDS ANNOUNCES ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR

PROMARE

FEATURING BILLY KAMETZ, JOHNNY YONG BOSCH, CRISPIN FREEMAN, AND ALYSON LEIGH ROSENFELD

VIEW THE NEW ENGLISH DUBBED TRAILER

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for PROMARE. The film will feature the voices of Billy Kametz (NEON GENESIS Series), Johnny Yong Bosch (BLEACH BURICHI, AKIRA, MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS), Crispin Freeman (MIRAI), and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (POKEMON, YU-GI-OH!), among others. PROMARE marks the first feature film from Studio TRIGGER, founded by former studio Gainax animator and director Hiroyuki Imaishi, whose credits include the award-winning TV series GURREN LAGANN and critically acclaimed KILL la KILL.  PROMARE had its North American premiere at Anime Expo. GKIDS and Fathom Events bring PROMARE to U.S. theaters nationwide for special event screenings on September 17th and 19th, and GKIDS will theatrically release the film in New York and Los Angeles on September 20, 2019.

SYNOPSIS

Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves “Mad Burnish” appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team “Burning Rescue,” and Lio Fotia, the leader of “Mad Burnish” begins. PROMARE uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Hiroyuki Imaishi’s former works.

English Voice Cast

Billy Kametz – Galo Thymos

Johnny Yong Bosch – Lio Fotia

Crispin Freeman – Kray Foresight

Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld  — Aina Ardebit

Neil Kaplan — Vulcan Haestus

Erica Lindbeck  — Heris Ardebit

Kari Wahlgren  — Lucia Fex

Steve Blum  — Ignis Ex

Mike Pollock  — Deus Prometh

John Bentley  — Varys Truss

Billy Bob Thompson — Remi Puguna

Matt Mercer — Gueira 

Yuri Lowenthal  –Meis 

Melissa Fahn  — Biar Colossus

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August 13, 2019

SPIRITED AWAY ARRIVES IN COLLECTOR’S EDITION SET

ACCLAIMED STUDIO GHIBLI ANIMATED FEATURE

SPIRITED AWAY

ARRIVES IN COLLECTOR’S EDITION SET

IN LIMITED QUANTITIES ONLY NOVEMBER 12, 2019

FROM GKIDS, DISTRIBUTED BY SHOUT! FACTORY

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue Spirited Away in a beautiful collector’s edition release on November 12, 2019. The limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase, with a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be a Blu-ray™ of the film paired with hours of special features and the film’s soundtrack on CD, now available for the first time on disc in North America. The set is available for pre-order now on ghiblicollection.com.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this wondrous fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time, becoming the highest-grossing film in Japanese history in 2001. Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s epic adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of animation.

The set’s new 40-page book includes essays by film critic Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times) and famed critic and film historian Leonard Maltin, and statements by Toshio Suzuki and Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away is here presented with a release perfect for collectors and animation fans who have adored the critically-acclaimed film since its initial release.

Featuring the voice talent of Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Michael Chiklis, David Ogden Stiers, and Susan Egan, Spirited Away is a film overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling.

Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress, Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world.

Special Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Behind the Microphone
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June 11, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO

“MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE”

OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION FOR ANNECY

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated feature MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE, the new film from director Anca Damian, whose earlier film Crulic: The Path to Beyond, won Annecy’s Cristal Prize for Best Feature in 2012. MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE premieres in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival today. The North American all-rights deal was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO Eric Beckman and Carole Baraton for Charades. Rights are being sold worldwide by Charades.

“We have been excited about this film since we saw the first images several years ago,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “The film combines a unique and wildly inventive visual style with a universal story that goes straight to the heart for anyone who has been lucky enough to spend time with a dog. We are sure audiences are going to fall in love with the film as much as we have.”

“The Charades team is very proud that GKIDS fell under the spell of this very special movie,” said Carole Baraton, co-founder of Charades. “We are sure they will provide the exposure it deserves in the US market. After partnering on Mirai last year, we are super excited to embark again on this new adventure with them.”

SYNOPSIS

Marona is a mixed-breed Labrador whose life leaves deep traces among the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives, in this beautiful and deeply emotional story of an average dog and her extraordinary life.

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June 10, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “WHITE SNAKE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO CHINESE BOX OFFICE HIT

“WHITE SNAKE”

SUMPTUOUS CG FANTASY FILM MAKES INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE THIS WEEK AT ANNECY INT’L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature WHITE SNAKE, which premieres in competition at the Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival this week. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this fall in both original Chinese and a new English-language version.

WHITE SNAKE marks GKIDS’ first Chinese animated film. The film comes from Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, in a co-production with Warner Bros., and was co-directed by Amp Wong and Zhao Ji. It grossed RMB 449 million (US $67 million) during its theatrical release in China earlier this year. WHITE SNAKE follows Blanca – a young woman who has lost her memory – as she searches for her identity, in a story based on one of China’s oldest tales. GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Light Chaser Animation’s Yu Zhou negotiated the all-rights deal. International sales outside of North America, China, and Japan are handled by All Rights Entertainment, who also handled sales on the two previous animated films produced by Light Chaser Animation.

“Light Chaser Animation are true innovators, raising the bar for top notch Chinese animation and storytelling,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “We are overjoyed to be releasing this stunning epic to North American audiences.”

SYNOPSIS

From Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, comes a visually stunning new take on a classic legend. One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as they learn more about her past, they uncover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Conceived as a prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories in Chinese history, White Snake presents a sumptuous tale of trickster demons, deadly mythical beasts, assassins, wuxia action, and the promise of eternal love.

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May 30, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES “THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE,” “GENIUS PARTY,” “GENIUS PARTY BEYOND,” AND “SUMMER DAYS WITH COO”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO
“THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE,” “GENIUS PARTY,” “GENIUS PARTY BEYOND,” AND “SUMMER DAYS WITH COO”

 

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American distribution rights for the animated features THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE and SUMMER DAYS WITH COO, as well as short film anthologies GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND. GKIDS will release the films direct to home video in 2019.

“I am so thrilled to be able to add these films to our growing library of the best animated features from around the world,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “This is a unique opportunity to present some of our favorite previously unreleased titles, including a beautifully emotional fantasy from Keiichi Hara, a pitch-perfect examination of teenage friendship, and two compilations of mind-bending work from some of the greatest animators working today. I look forward to sharing all of them with new audiences for the first time.”

About THE CASE OF HANA AND ALICE

When Alice transfers to a new middle school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle, in this unusual and charming film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai, in which a shaggy-dog mystery tale ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt and Mayumi Furuyama for NTV.

About GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND

From groundbreaking animation outfit STUDIO 4°C, creators of MFKZ and the upcoming Children of the Sea, comes an extraordinary project with a simple vision: to take an all-star team of the best animators working in Japanese animation today, and give each free reign to tell a unique short story. The results are GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND, two animated anthology films full of boundless imagination, fantastic worlds, and unique visual styles.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt and Ayumi Inoguchi for STUDIO 4°C.

About SUMMER DAYS WITH COO

One day, Koichi Uehara, a fourth-grader living in the suburbs of Tokyo, picks up a fossil that looks like a large stone while on his way home from school. To his surprise, he has picked up a baby Kappa (a Japanese mythical water creature), who has been asleep underground for the past 300 years. Koichi names this baby creature “Coo” and brings him to live with his family, and soon the two are inseparable friends.

However, trouble abounds as Coo struggles to adjust to life in suburban Tokyo, and begins to miss his family, leading Koichi and Coo to embark on a summer road trip adventure in search of other Kappa. Directed by Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, Colorful), one of Japan’s leading animated film directors, SUMMER DAYS WITH COO is a heartwarming and magical summer adventure.

The all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Shion Komatsu for Shochiku.

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