If you live in the United States count yourself lucky as GKIDS will be running a complete Studio Ghibli film retrospective at the IFC Center in New York City from December 16th to January 12th featuring all nine of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated features.
Afterwards the retrospective will tour major US and Canadian markets, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities, throughout the first half of 2012. GKIDS is also planning limited releases of select Studio Ghibli titles in late 2012.
Fifteen Studio Ghibli feature films produced will be presented from 1984’s “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” which lead to the establishment of the studio, through to 2008’s “Ponyo” and almost everything in-between from “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke” to “Castle in the Sky,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “My Neighbor Totoro, “Whisper of the Heart” and even some of the lesser known titles like “Ocean Waves” and “Only Yesterday”.
There are however three notable absences including the new film “The Secret World of Arrietty” opening in cinemas in February and the relatively recent “Tales from Earthsea” which is one of the few films from the studio to receive poor reviews. The most glaring omission though is Isao Takahata’s anti-war masterpiece “Grave of the Fireflies”. Their absence is due to GKIDS not obtaining the theatrical rights to screen these three films.
All films will be shown in both the subtitled and English dubbed versions.