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December 2, 2019

GKIDS TO RELEASE FULL STUDIO GHIBLI FILM LIBRARY ON DIGITAL TRANSACTIONAL PLATFORMS

COVETED ANIMATION COLLECTION AVAILABLE

FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD-TO-OWN

IN THE U.S. AND CANADA ON DECEMBER 17, 2019

ON ALL MAJOR PLATFORMS INCLUDING: APPLE TV, AMAZON VOD, VUDU, GOOGLE PLAY, SONY, MICROSOFT AND FANDANGO NOW

***AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT SELECT OUTLETS BEGINNING DECEMBER 3, 2019***

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced today that it will release the catalogue of Japan’s legendary, Oscar®-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, for digital download-to-own in the United States and Canada on December 17, 2019. Films will be available to purchase in both English and Japanese languages on all major digital transactional platforms. This marks the first time the Studio Ghibli films will be available for digital transactional anywhere in the world.  GKIDS previously announced an exclusive US streaming deal with HBO Max for the Studio Ghibli library starting in May 2020.

Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed and influential animation studios in the world, inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike over the last 30 years with beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Under the brilliance of visionary animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio’s films have won countless international awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as four additional Academy Award® nominations for Howl’s Moving CastleThe Wind RisesThe Tale of The Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There. Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will pay tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opens in 2020.

The Studio Ghibli acclaimed catalogue of films released for digital download-to-own includes:

Castle in the Sky

The Cat Returns

From Up on Poppy Hill

Howl’s Moving Castle

Kiki’s Delivery Service

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbors the Yamadas

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Ocean Waves

Only Yesterday

Pom Poko

Ponyo

Porco Rosso

Princess Mononoke

The Secret World of Arrietty

Spirited Away

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Tales From Earthsea

When Marnie Was There

Whisper of the Heart

The Wind Rises (Available Q3 2020)

Starting December 17, the Studio Ghibli catalogue will be available to own digitally in HD for the suggested retail price of $19.99 per film. A six-film bundle of some of the studio’s most popular titles, featuring Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, will be offered by platforms for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

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October 17, 2019

HBO Max Acquires US Streaming Rights to Studio Ghibli Films

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deal Marks the First Time Ever that the Revered Animation House’s Films Have Been Licensed to a Streaming Service

The Complete Studio Ghibli Feature Film Library will be Available on the Service, Including Academy Award®-Winning Masterpiece Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and More

HBO Max will bring the wonder of Japan’s legendary, Oscar®-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, to its slate of premium content that will be available at launch in the spring of 2020. HBO Max will be the US streaming home to the entire Studio Ghibli film library, one of the world’s most coveted and revered animation catalogues. The landmark deal with North American distributor GKIDS for the twenty-one Studio Ghibli feature films marks the first time these beloved films have been licensed to a streaming platform.  

Available at launch of the service will be the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and more. 

“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Exciting, enchanting, and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured people’s hearts around the world, and we are proud to showcase them in an accessible way for even more fans through HBO Max.”

“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the US. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films,” said Koji Hoshino, Chairman of Studio Ghibli.  “Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time.”

Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed and influential animation studios in the world, inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike over the last 30 years with beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Under the brilliance of visionary animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio’s films have won countless international awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as four additional Academy Award® nominations for Howl’s Moving CastleThe Wind RisesThe Tale of The Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There. Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will pay tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opens in 2020.

Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed catalog of films include: 

Castle in the Sky

The Cat Returns

From Up On Poppy Hill

Howl’s Moving Castle

Kiki’s Delivery Service

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbors the Yamadas

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Ocean Waves

Only Yesterday

Pom Poko

Ponyo

Porco Rosso

Princess Mononoke

The Secret World of Arrietty

Spirited Away

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Tales From Earthsea

When Marnie Was There

Whisper of the Heart

The Wind Rises (launching Fall 2020)

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July 15, 2019

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT GENIUS PARTY & GENIUS PARTY BEYOND ON BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT

GENIUS PARTY & GENIUS PARTY BEYOND

ON BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD THIS OCTOBER

Studio 4°C’s animated anthology films Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond, which feature an eclectic collection of stories from 12 acclaimed directors, will be released together on Blu-ray on October 15, and separately via digital download on October 1 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Now available for the first time ever in North America, Genius Party consists of seven connected and visually experimental stories while Genius Party Beyond includes five, making it the perfect anthology piece for the devoted anime collector.

From groundbreaking animation outfit Studio 4°C (MFKZ, Mind Game) comes two extraordinary projects with a shared, simple vision: to take an all-star team of some of the best animators working in anime today, and give each free rein to tell a unique short story built around “the spirit of creativity.”

Full of boundless imagination, fantastic worlds, and unique visual styles, these two acclaimed films spotlight directors like Masaaki Yuasa (Lu Over the Wall, Mind Game, Devilman: Crybaby) and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), along with Hideki Futamura, a key animator on the cult-classic anime Perfect Blue. Other renowned contributors include Atsuko Fukushima, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Yoji Fukuyama, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohira, and Tatsuyuki Tanaka.

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July 2, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “RIDE YOUR WAVE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO

“RIDE YOUR WAVE”

FROM ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR MASAAKI YUASA

 

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 RIDE YOUR WAVE, which recently premiered at the Annecy film festival in competition. The film will receive a theatrical release early next year.

RIDE YOUR WAVE marks GKIDS’ fourth title from visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, following local releases of Lu Over the Wall, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, and Mind Game. RIDE YOUR WAVE tells the complicated love story of a surfer named Hinako and a firefighter named Minato. Their bond is tested after Minato tragically loses his life in a rescue attempt, only to reappear from the water to Hinako whenever she sings their favorite song. GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt and Fuji Creative Corp’s Yoshiko Nakayama negotiated the all-rights deal.

“We are huge fans of Masaaki Yuasa, and are always excited to see what he will do next,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “We were charmed and moved by his characteristically unique and uplifting take on a romantic story, including a music hook that you won’t be able to get out of your head.”

SYNOPSIS

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

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June 13, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “PROMARE”

GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO

“PROMARE”

THE FIRST FEATURE FILM FROM THE ACCLAIMED STUDIO TRIGGER

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 PROMARE. GKIDS will release the film theatrically in both Japanese and an all new English language version in 2019. This 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. The film’s rights are being sold worldwide by Toho and the all-rights deal for North America was negotiated by GKIDS’ CEO and Founder Eric Beckman and Akihiro Takeda for Toho.

GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring exciting all new animated features to U.S. cinemas, presenting the PROMARE special premiere event to U.S. cinemas nationwide on September 17 and 19. GKIDS will be releasing PROMARE theatrically starting September 20.

“Studio TRIGGER has proved to be the ultimate risk-takers, pushing the limits of visual storytelling time and time again,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “GKIDS is thrilled to bring their feature film debut to North American audiences.”

 

ABOUT PROMARE

The first feature-length film from the acclaimed Studio TRIGGER, creators of the hit series KILL la KILL and Little Witch Academia, and director Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN, KILL la KILL), Promare uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works.

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.

PromareMovie.com

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