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Studio Ghibli to bring over a dozen classic movies to theaters in the US

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Studio Ghibli will enchant theaters once more as the acclaimed Japanese animation house is celebrating its legacy with a massive theatrical event—Studio Ghibli Fest 2024. 14 beloved films will grace the silver screen across the US, offering fans both old and new a chance to experience the magic of Ghibli on the big canvas.


This year’s festival, presented by distributor GKIDS and Fathom Events, boasts a diverse lineup, showcasing the works of Hayao Miyazaki, the studio's co-founder, alongside other talented Ghibli directors like Isao Takahata, Yoshifumi Kondo, Hiroyuki Morita, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi. From the fantastical adventure of Spirited Away to the ecological parable of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Studio Ghibli Fest 2024 promises a journey filled with wonder, environmentalism, and heartwarming coming-of-age stories.




The festival kicks off later this month with the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away on April 27th and concludes with the timeless classic My Neighbor Totoro in December. Notably, the screenings will feature both the original Japanese with subtitles and English dubbed versions, catering to a wider audience. Additionally, fans can expect special surprise content sprinkled throughout the festival, making each viewing a unique experience.


This large-scale celebration reflects the enduring popularity of Studio Ghibli’s films. Their timeless narratives, breathtaking animation, and captivating characters continue to resonate with audiences worldwide. Whether you're a seasoned Ghibli enthusiast or just discovering these gems for the first time, Studio Ghibli Fest 2024 offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the studio's enchanting universe.


The full lineup is as follows. Check here for scheduling details.


  • Spirited Away  (2001)
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
  • When Marnie Was There (2014)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • Ponyo (2008)
  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
  • Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
  • Pom Poko (1994)
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

International audiences aren’t exactly missing out. Most of these flicks are available to stream on Netflix, including the latest Oscar-winning The Boy and the Heron. Incidentally, the titles can’t be viewed in the US and Japan due to licensing conflicts.


So, which Studio Ghibli films are you most excited to see on the big screen? 





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