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‘Spirited Away’ Is Returning to Theaters For Its 15th Anniversary

Fathom Events, which has now done limited engagement theatrical re-releases of The Iron Giant and Space Jam, is teaming up with indie animation distributor GKIDS for a three-night theatrical re-release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, in honor of the film’s fifteenth anniversary.

The screenings will take place in over 400 theaters on Sunday, December 4, at 12pm (dubbed in English), Monday, December 5, at 7pm (English-language subtitled), and Thursday, December 8 at 7pm.

Spirited Away was a humongous hit when it was released in Japan, and still stands as the highest-grossing Japanese film of all-time. It is also one of two foreign animated features to have won the Academy Award for best animated feature.

Notably, the three-night engagement will also include the North American debut of Ghiblies: Episode 2, a 25-minute short film from Studio Ghibli featuring several comedic vignettes and caricatures of Studio Ghibli staff as they go about their day. The 2002 project has not previously been released in the United Statess. Here is the trailer:

For tickets and a list of participating theaters, visit FathomEvents.com.

  • Mister Twister

    Dub AND sub? That’s gr8.

  • Fathom Events is on a roll with these anniversary events…..

    • Inkan1969

      It might be nice if Disney would do special animation fan oriented screenings of its feature films through Fathom.

      • I’m sure it’s another excuse for trying to get Song of the South out there again!

  • Craig

    Does Disney not have U.S. rights to Ghibli films anymore?

    • AmidAmidi

      GKIDS acquired a lot of Ghibli’s library in 2011: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/anime/miyazaki-in-lego-49310.html

      • Craig

        Thanks! I did not know about this.

      • I’m only glad a theater in my town is finally playing something of theirs at all. Hardly any GKIDS releases found their way to Northwest Ohio.

    • Ghibli Fan

      Yes and no. GKIDS holds the theatrical distribution rights to the entire Ghibli theatrical canon. However, Disney still holds the home video distribution rights to a large chunk of the Ghibli catalogue, including all of Hayao Miyazaki’s directorial efforts at Ghibli.

  • Inkan1969

    Man, I would love to see that short. But I can’t justify sitting through two hours of a movie I’ve seen many times over already just to get at that short.

  • Am I the only one who thinks Spirited Away is the best Ghibli movie? Like, by a lot? I’m one of the 5 people who didn’t really like Princess Mononoke.

    • You’re not the only one. Some people tend to think either Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away was Miyazaki’s peak as a director, after that, it just kinda slid down the slope rather gracefully.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    I’m tempted to go to the subbed one!

  • Crispy Walker

    Thanks for posting about this Amid. I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise, and was thankfully able to go see it on Sunday. It was kind of astounding to see how full the theatre got in relatively rural Bowie MD. Seeing a Ghibli movie on the big screen — even one I’ve seen a hundred times — was magical though… All the detail put into the background art really popped on a big screen, as did the score, in ways that I’d never noticed before on my TV.