It’s here! Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 is here! I have been a fan of Studio Ghibli films by Hayao Miyazaki for years. I also made sure to introduce them to my daughter at a young age so she could love them too. My Neighbour Totoro, Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, The Cat Returns, and Castle In The Sky (aka Laputa: Castle in the Sky) are among our all-time favorite animated films due to their charming storylines and stylized art style.
Announcing Studio Ghibli Fest 2017
When Disney gained the distribution rights, these classics became more accessible to U.S. audiences. And, the dubbed versions allowed for new audiences to experience their appeal. But, up to this point, fans could only watch these on home or mobile devices. That changes now! Starting this summer, six Studio Ghibli films will be playing on the big screen!
Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 — 6 Classics for $60
From June to November, several AMC, Cinemark, and Regal theaters will feature a different Studio Ghibli movie for two days each month. The dubbed version (English audio) will play on Sunday and the subtitled version (Japanese audio with English subtitles) will play on Monday.
Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 is a first-of-its-kind monthly series featuring six iconic animated classics from legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. In addition to big screen presentations of these larger-than-life films, each event will also feature an exclusive edition of GKIDS Mini-Fest, an ongoing showcase of some of the best short animation from around the world.
Here is a breakdown of which movie is playing when:
- My Neighbour Totoro — June 25 (dubbed) & June 26 (subbed)
- Kiki’s Delivery Service — July 23 (dubbed) & July 24 (subbed)
- Castle In The Sky — August 27 (dubbed) & August 28 (subbed)
- Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind — September 24 (dubbed) & September 25 (subbed)
- Spirited Away — October 29 (dubbed) & October 30 (subbed)
- Howl’s Moving Castle — November 26 (dubbed) & November 27 (subbed)
You can purchase tickets individually or buy the Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 Series Pass for $60. This will allow you to see all six movies at a 20% discount, which ends up being only $10 per movie. Also, certain theaters are offering a bonus item as an incentive to buy the Series Pass.
Get Tickets for Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 Now
To see trailers and synopses for the above films, visit the official site. You can also buy tickets on that webpage but it doesn’t list all participating theaters. Instead, check the following sites for local showtimes in your area.
Since I like the original Japanese voices better and am okay with subtitles, I’ll probably attend the subtitled versions. But, since I only want to see three of the films, I’m on the fence of whether I will buy the Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 Series Pass or not. Either way, it will be an amazing experience! I can’t wait to watch these movies the way they were meant to be seen — on the big screen in the movie theater.