Studio Ghibli Fest returns this spring to celebrate anime anniversaries, whimsy and parable

Several of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces are marking milestone anniversaries this year, and along with other Studio Ghibli films they’ll be back on the big screen where they belong for a third straight year of Studio Ghibli Fest starting this spring.

It kicks off in April, when Howl’s Moving Castle celebrates its 15th anniversary. English-dubbed screenings will take place April 7 and 10, with a Japanese screening with English subtitles on April 8. The 2004 fantasy adventure, based loosely on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones, merges magic and technology to express Miyazaki’s fierce opposition to the Iraq War.

The rest of the Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 lineup:

  • May 20-21: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind celebrates its 35th anniversary.
  • July 1-2: Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 coming-of-age classic, based on a screenplay from Miyazaki and directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, in which a quiet schoolgirl embarks on a life-changing adventure to discover her true talent after a chance encounter with a mysterious cat called The Baron.
  • July 28, 29 and 31: Kiki’s Delivery Service celebrates its 30th anniversary.
  • Aug. 25, 26 and 28: My Neighbor Totoro is an iconic family favorite that deals with siblings and their encounters with friendly forest spirits in rural postwar Japan during their mother’s illness.
  • Sept. 29-30: The Secret World of Arrietty adapts the beloved Borrowers stories.
  • Oct. 27, 28 and 30: Spirited Away, an Academy Award winner, has an English version that includes performances from Suzanne Pleshette, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers and Michael Chiklis.
  • Nov. 17, 18 and 20: Princess Mononoke is an epic 1997 tale of wild gods and nature spirits clashing with the iron fist of human ingenuity in feudal Japan. Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Minnie Driver, Gillian Anderson, Billy Bob Thornton and Keith David are among the amazing English voice cast.
  • Dec. 16 and 18: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a 2013 adaptation of the folk tale of the Bamboo Cutter, and was director Isao Takahata’s final film.

Tickets for Studio Ghibli Fest films will be available starting March 7 from Fathom Events.

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