Castles in the Sky: Masterful Anime from Studio Ghibli
June 16, 2013 - August 25, 2013
FREE BALLOONS FOR KIDS AT EVERY SCREENING!
Studio Ghibli’s stunning films—marked by exquisite artistry, emotionally resonant themes, and absolutely memorable flights of fantasy—have forever altered the animated feature. Founded in Tokyo in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli has won wide recognition and countless awards as one of the world's foremost animation studios. The studio’s stories of youthful protagonists, often young girls, who have transformative adventures filled with courage and vulnerability, tribulation and triumph, stir a familiar yet wondrous sense of the world. Once seen, who can ever forget the pudgy wood spirits of My Neighbor Totoro, the great hovering edifice of Howl’s Moving Castle, or the fearless wolf-goddesses of Princess Mononoke?
We are delighted to present the full range of Studio Ghibli’s output, from films that enthrall younger audiences such as Ponyo and Kiki’s Delivery Service, to the more darkly delicious spectacles of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Whisper of the Heart. A centerpiece of our tribute is From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest feature by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao’s son, a coming-of-age story that realistically captures early 1960s Japan.
Even if you already treasure Studio Ghibli's films on DVD, you won't want to miss this chance to appreciate their breathtaking beauty as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen.
Special note: Most films will be presented in their original form with English subtitles, but a select group intended for younger audiences will be shown dubbed in English.
Steve Seid, Video Curator
Sunday, June 16, 2013
4:30 p.m. Castle in the Sky
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1986). (Tenku no shiro Laputa). Ages 8 and up. Two children become caught up in a race against both good-natured aerial pirates and ruthless government agents to claim the secrets of the castle in the sky in this tale inspired by Jules Verne and Gulliver’s Travels. (123 mins)
Sunday, June 23, 2013
4:00 p.m. Kiki’s Delivery Service
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1989). (Majo no takkyubin). English-language version. Ages 5 and up. The thirteen-year-old witch Kiki leaves home and discovers a soaring independence as she masters her mother’s broom, even as she grapples with the same insecurities that trouble all adolescents. (105 mins)
Sunday, June 30, 2013
4:00 p.m. Ponyo
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 2008). (Gake no ue no Ponyo). English-language version. Ages 5 and up. In this ecstatic fairy tale inspired by The Little Mermaid, a five-year-old boy finds a goldfish that transforms into a little girl, the irrepressible Ponyo. (103 mins)
Sunday, July 7, 2013
4:30 p.m. Pom Poko
Isao Takahata (Japan, 1994). (Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko). Ages 10 and up. In this modern-day version of the legend of the tanuki, Japan’s mighty (and mighty cute) raccoon-dogs, the animals unite to save their forest home from encroaching suburbia. (119 mins)
Sunday, July 14, 2013
4:30 p.m. Porco Rosso
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1992). (Kurenai no buta). Ages 9 and up. Marco, a (literally) pig-headed pilot, hunts “air pirates” over the late-1920s Adriatic in this whimsical wartime adventure. (93 mins)
Sunday, July 21, 2013
4:30 p.m. Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 2001). (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi). Ages 8 and up. In this Oscar-winning fantasy, ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out to be a true magic kingdom. (125 mins)
Sunday, July 28, 2013
4:30 p.m. Princess Mononoke
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1997). (Mononoke Hime). Ages 12 and up. In a long-ago Japan, a war is raging for the future of the earth, one that sets the animal kingdom against humanity, nature against pollution, and harmony against chaos. An epic cinematic experience. (133 mins)
Sunday, August 4, 2013
4:30 p.m. From Up on Poppy Hill
Goro Miyazaki (Japan, 2011). (Kokuriko-zaka kara). Ages 8 and up. A tale of teenage love set in a lovingly recreated cityscape of 1960s Yokohama, From Up on Poppy Hill is the latest release from Studio Ghibli. (91 mins)
Sunday, August 11, 2013
4:30 p.m. Whisper of the Heart
Yoshifumi Kondo (Japan, 1995). (Mimi wo Sumaseba). Ages 10 and up. A masterpiece about the awakening of creative talent, Whisper of the Heart was the first and only full-length feature by Yoshifumi Kondo before his sudden death at age forty-seven. One of the classics of Japanese animation. (111 mins)
Sunday, August 18, 2013
4:00 p.m. Howl's Moving Castle
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 2004) (Hauru no ugoku shiro). English-language version. Ages 9 and up. In an intricately rendered European storybook land, Sophie must help the mysterious magician Howl end both his own curse and an all-too-real war. (119 mins)
Sunday, August 25, 2013
1:00 p.m. My Neighbor Totoro
Just added! Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1988). (Tonari no Totoro). English-language version. Ages 4 and up. Two sisters encounter wood sprites, magical trees, and flying “cat buses” in this enchanting tale that has become one of the most beloved of all family films. (87 mins)
Sunday, August 25, 2013
3:00 p.m. My Neighbor Totoro
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1988). (Tonari no Totoro). English-language version. Ages 4 and up. Two sisters encounter wood sprites, magical trees, and flying “cat buses” in this enchanting tale that has become one of the most beloved of all family films. (87 mins)
Sunday, August 25, 2013
5:00 p.m. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Hayao Miyazaki (Japan, 1984). (Kaze no tani no Nausicaä). Ages 10 and up. A girl both soldier and scientist seeks to reconcile the last remnants of her still-warring species with the monstrous biological order overtaking earth. “One of the best science-fiction films made anywhere during the 1980s” (Carl Horn). (116 mins)
Special thanks to Dave Jesteadt of GKIDS and Dale Sophiea, the California Theater. All prints from GKIDS, unless noted otherwise.