GKIDS announced today it will bring Goodbye, Don Glees! to cinemas nationwide this September. Produced by the acclaimed studio Madhouse, the film is the first original feature from writer/director Atsuko Ishizuka, who previously directed the widely lauded series A Place Further Than the Universe. The news was shared timed to the film’s North American premiere at Anime Expo today (Friday, July 1).
Goodbye, Don Glees! will play in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, September 14 (Japanese language) and Thursday, September 15 (English language dubbed). Fan preview events will be followed by a limited theatrical release in select markets nationwide by GKIDS starting Friday, September 16.
Goodbye, Don Glees! follows the story of three friends over the course of one summer, as their backyard adventures turn one small incident to a life changing journey. It was domestically released in February 2022, and stars famed Japanese voice actors Ayumu Murase (Shoyo Hinata in Haikyu!!), Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro Kamado in Demon Slayer), Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori in Psycho-Pass), and Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan).
Tickets will be on sale on Friday, August 5 at FathomEvents.com, GoodbyeDonGlees.com and participating theater box offices. The ticket on-sale date may vary by cinema, so check back often. (Theaters and participants are subject to change).
Synopsis: Teen misfits Roma, Toto and Drop call themselves the “Don Glees,” an informal name for their backyard adventures. One day, when the trio gets blamed for a nearby forest fire, they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. As disaster strikes their expedition, tensions flare between the friends as they realize that growing up has taken them on wildly different paths in life.
Director Atsuko Ishizuka follows up her critically acclaimed series A Place Further Than the Universe with her first original feature film. With luminescent animation and lush backdrops, Goodbye, Don Glees! is a tender coming-of-age story about the fearlessness of being young and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery.
The core creative team also includes art director Ayano Okamoto (Given) and character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu (HUNTER X HUNTER, Ninja Scroll, Trigun).