GKIDS Scores Studio Ghibli Catalog Rights

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GKIDS is deepening its relationship with acclaimed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli with a new partnership that will see the stateside production-distribution co. handle home entertainment for Ghibli’s film catalog in North America. GKIDS has handled theatrical rights for Ghibli films since 2010, and is currently partnering with Fathom Events on the six-part Studio Ghibli Fest.

“GKIDS is absolutely thrilled and honored to be the home of the treasured Studio Ghibli catalog,” says GKIDS CEO Eric Beckman. “These are among my favorite films of all time and we are more than excited to be able to introduce these films to new audiences.”

Beginning October 17, GKIDS will begin reissuing new Blu-ray and DVD editions of Studio Ghibli’s renowned films — kicking off with six titles from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki: Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, followed by Castle in the Sky and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on October 31. The remaining titles (listed below) will follow in the coming months.

Newly Acquired Titles Include:
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1984
Castle in the Sky, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1986
My Neighbor Totoro, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1988
Kiki’s Delivery Service, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1989
Porco Rosso, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1992
Pom Poko, directed by Isao Takahata, 1994
Whisper of the Heart, directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, 1995
Princess Mononoke, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1997
My Neighbor the Yamadas, directed by Isao Takahata, 1999
Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2001
The Cat Returns, directed by Hiroyuki Morita, 2002
Howl’s Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2004
Tales from Earthsea, directed by Goro Miyazaki, 2006
Ponyo, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2008
The Secret World of Arrietty, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2010

Studio Ghibli Titles Currently Represented by GKIDS:
Only Yesterday, directed by Isao Takahata, 1991
Ocean Waves, directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, 1993
From Up on Poppy Hill, directed by Goro Miyazaki, 2011
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, directed by Isao Takahata, 2013
When Marnie Was There, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2014

My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro