When Marnie Was There Gets a U.S. Release and Dub Cast

GKids has announced that Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There anime film will open in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015. The initial release will be limited to New York and Los Angeles, but GKids will expand the screening in the following weeks. The official Facebook page for the movie stated that it will announce theater information soon.

GKids also announced that the following actors will star in the English dub: Kiernan Shipka, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres, Raini Roodriguez, Hailee Steinfeld, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, and Catherine O’Hara.

GKids describes the story as:

When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend.

When Marnie Was There adapts Joan G. Robinson’s classic English children’s novel of the same name. In his second film, director Hiromasa Yonebayashi has changed the setting from the novel’s Great Britain to a Japanese village on the shores of Hokkaido. Yonebayashi wrote the screenplay with Keiko Niwa and Masashi Ando. Ando also handled the character designs and animation direction. Takatsugu Muramatsu composed the film’s soundtrack.

The film first premiered in North America at The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) in February 2015.

Source: ANN

GKids Expands the Theater Lineup for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

GKids has expanded the theater lineup for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya anime film, and future showings are now listed through December 19, 2014.

The updated schedule includes:

November 14, 2014
North Hollywood, CA – Laemmle NoHo 7
Vineyard Haven, MA – Martha’s Vineyard Film Center
Madison, WI – Sundance Cinemas
Boise, ID – The Flicks
New Haven, CT – Bowtie Criterion Cinemas
Charlottesville, VA – Regal Downtown Mall
Athens, GA – Athens Ciné
Jacksonville, FL – Sun-Ray Cinema
Key West, FL – Key West Film Festival
Houston, TX – Sundance Cinemas
Salt Lake City, UT – Broadway Centre Cinemas
Columbia, MO – Ragtag Cinema
Salem, OR – Salem Cinema
Victoria, BC – The Vic Theatre

November 21, 2014
Ithaca, NY – Cinemapolis Theater
Akron, OH – Nightlight Cinema
Iowa City, IA – FilmScene
Eugene, OR – Bijou Art Cinemas
Asheville, NC – Carolina Asheville Theater
Raleigh, NC – The Raleigh Grande
Nashville, TN – The Belcourt (11/26)

November 28, 2014
Hartford, CT – Real Art Ways

December 5, 2014
Chicago, IL – Gene Siskel Film Center
Springfield, MO – Moxie Cinema
Ft. Collins, CO – Lyric Cinema Cafe
Omaha, NE – Film Streams
Amherst, MA – Amherst Cinema

December 12, 2014
Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center

December 19, 2014
Edmonton, AB – Metro Cinema

GKids Licenses Studio Ghibli Documentary

GKids has acquired the rights to release Kingdom of Dreams & Madness, a Studio Ghibli documentary, in the United States and Canada.

The documentary was directed by Mami Sunada, and it follows director Hayao Miyazaki as he worked on The Wind Rises anime film, director Isao Takahata as he worked on The Tale of Princess Kaguya anime film, and Toshio Suzuki as he worked on both projects. The documentary opened in Japanese theaters in Fall 2013.

GKids to Release Welcome to the Space Show

GKids has announced that the company will be releasing the Welcome to the Space Show anime film on DVD and Blu-ray in October 2014.

The English dub was directed by Michael Sinterniklaas at NYAV Post and stars Stephanie Sheh, Michaela Dean, Michael Sinterniklaas, Casandra Lee and Marc Diraison.

GKids to Release The Tale of The Princess Kaguya in North America

GKids has announced that it will be releasing Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya anime film in North America in 2014.

GKids has opened a Facebook page for updates concerning the North American release of the film.

GKids and Cinedigm Announce Animation Label

GKids and Cinedigm have announced that the two companies are teaming up to launch a multi-platform animation label. Under the agreement, GKids will continue to distribute films theatrically, while Cinedigm will handle “ancillary distribution” under the GKids brand.

The companies have announced they will be releasing seven new GKids titles on home video under this new partnership. Two of the titles being released as part of this agreement are Production I.G’s A Letter to Momo and Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill.