News - GKIDS Films
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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November 12, 2019

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE ON BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT

THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED WAR DRAMA

ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE

ON BLU-RAY™ + DVD FEBRUARY 18, 2020

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON FEBRUARY 4, 2010

“…not just another war-is-hell story, but a powerfully thorny war-journalism-is-hell tale too.”

– Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“A visually striking piece of rare immediacy and power”

– Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

GKIDS and Shout! Factory present the award-winning war film Another Day of Life on Blu-ray™ + DVD on February 18, 2020, and digitally on February 4, with bonus features including a making of featurette, a piece on creating the animated characters, and trailers.

An official Cannes selection and winner of festival prizes and awards worldwide, Another Day Of Life is a daringly ambitious dive into the chaos and carnage of war, based on the book by the journalist Ryszard “Ricardo” Kapuściński, one of the world’s most compelling chroniclers of conflict.

Intercutting a graphically bold animation style with interviews and archival footage, the visually striking film conveys a rare immediacy as it tells of the outbreak of civil war following Angola’s independence from Portugal in 1975. Against all advice, Kapuściński is intent on driving south into the heart of the bloody conflict to find the isolated rebel leader Farrusco. His animated trip through corpse-strewn roads conveys an undeniable urgency, while the documentary testimony reminds us that we are watching actual history.

Directed by Raúl De La Fuente & Damian Nenow, and written by Raúl De La Fuente & Amaia Remírez with Niall Johnson, David Weber, and Damian Nenow, Another Day of Life is an official Spanish-Polish-German-Belgian co-production.

ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE BONUS FEATURES

  • Creating the Animated Characters    
  • Making Of    
  • Trailers

 

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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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October 7, 2019

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT SUMMER DAYS WITH COO ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND BLU-RAY™

GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT

SUMMER DAYS WITH COO

ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD JANUARY 7, 2020

AND BLU-RAY™+ DVD JANUARY 21, 2020

For the first time in North America, Summer Days with Coo comes to the digital marketplace on January 7 and to Blu-ray + DVD on January 21 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. A stunning fantasy film based on Japanese mythology, Summer Days with Coo is an inspiring and remarkable feature from leading Japanese animation film director Keiichi Hara (Miss Hokusai, Colorful).

Awarded for Best Animation Film at Mainichi Film Concourse, Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Anime Awards and nominated for Best Animation Film from the Japanese Academy, Summer Days with Coo is equal parts comedy and drama, and sure to provide a heartwarming adventure.

SYNOPSIS

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 modern life, and begins to miss his family, leading Koichi and Coo to embark on a summer road trip adventure in search of other Kappa.

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September 23, 2019

GKIDS ACQUIRES “AYA OF YOP CITY” TO RELEASE ON HOME VIDEO WITH KINO LORBER

GKIDS and Kino Lorber Release

Aya of Yop City

on Blu-ray and DVD November 26

GKIDS and Kino Lorber are proud to announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Aya of Yop City, from directors directed by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie.

Set against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by co-director Marguerite Abouet.

Aya is 19, and she loves her neighborhood of Yop City in Abidjan, where everyone knows each other. It’s always lively, with open markets, colorful fabrics, funky cafés and music everywhere. Her mom Fanta is the neighborhood’s most trusted healer. Her dad is a sales rep for a brewery, and certainly gets his fill of the product. While Aya has dreams of becoming a doctor, her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, just like to hang out and spend their evenings dancing, drinking and flirting with boys. Their ambition is to follow Plan C: Combs, Clothes and Chasing Men! But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the baby’s father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country. How can he possibly tell his old man?

Special Features:

  • Trailer

Technical Details:

  • 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo
  • French with optional English subtitles
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