aya and the witch images

Studio Ghibli‘s first CG-animated movie is coming to theaters and HBO Max this February. GKIDS, the North American distributor for Ghibli, has set the theatrical release for Earwig and the Witch for February 3 in select theaters nationwide, with an HBO Max streaming debut set to follow just a few days later.

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lupin iii the first trailer

Lupin The Third is one of the most beloved anime icons in Japan who has been barely heard of in the U.S., apart from being a fun footnote in esteemed director Hayao Miyazaki’s career. The cocky gentleman thief created by Monkey Punch has been the star of manga, anime, feature films, video games, musicals, and many, many TV specials. But he’ll be making his big, flashy theatrical U.S. debut in a totally new format: CG animation. American anime fans have been waiting for the first CGI Lupin III movie, aptly titled Lupin III: The First, for a long time since the film first came out in Japan in 2019, but a new trailer finally reveals the U.S. release date for the film as well as the English dub cast. Watch the new Lupin III: The First trailer below.

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earwig and the witch us release

Studio Ghibli‘s first CG-animated film has a new U.S. distributor, a release date, and a title for American audiences. Earwig and the Witch, titled in Japan as Aya and the Witch, has been acquired by U.S. anime distributor GKIDS, which has set the film’s U.S. release date for 2021.

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weathering with you clip

Weathering With You is finally making its long-awaited debut in the U.S., which means it’s getting an official English dub for those who struggle with (in the words of Bong Joon-ho) the one-inch barrier of subtitles. GKIDs has released a new Weathering With You clip that gives a preview of the English-language voice cast, which includes Lee Pace, Alison Brie, and Riz Ahmed, in action. But don’t worry, subtitle lovers: When Makoto Shinkai’s highly anticipated follow-up to his worldwide hit Your Name hits theaters later this month, both sub and dub versions will be available.

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Studio Ghibli fans, mark your calendars for two weeks from today. On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the beloved Japanese animation studio will finally release its complete library of films on digital home media in the U.S. and Canada. Ghibli’s North American distributor, GKIDS, has announced through a press release that the studio’s entire catalogue will be available to download for the very first time on all major transactional platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft, and Fandango Now.

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white snake clip

Animation is one of those visual mediums that can still make us believe in magic. Which is why Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s biggest animation studios, is going as fantastical as possible with its upcoming film White Snake. The first Chinese animated movie from indie animation distributor GKIDs, White Snake tells the story of demon snakes, tragic romances, and…underwater magic shops? It all makes sense in the exclusive White Snake clip /Film is debuting, below.

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studio ghibli streaming

When Disney+ announced the mountain of titles it would make available upon the streaming service’s launch, fans were quick to notice that the works from Studio Ghibli, the most prolific animation studio outside of Disney and Pixar, were missing. And Disney+ is not the only service to not feature any of the masterworks from the Japanese animation studio: you won’t find any Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata films on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any forthcoming service.

But that’s not an oversight: GKIDS, the indie animation distributor that took over the distribution rights to Ghibli films from Disney in 2017, says it doesn’t have any plans to bring Ghibli films to any streaming service in the foreseeable future. And there’s a very specific reason for that.

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white snake trailer

Chinese animated movies haven’t yet made a big mark on the U.S. market, but that could soon change with White Snake. The new animated feature from GKIDS, the animation distributor behind hits like Your NameWhite Snake adapts an ancient Chinese folk tale and turns it into an epic love story of mythic proportions. Watch the White Snake trailer below.

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promare trailer

Firefighting has never looked so visually exciting as it does in Promare, Studio Trigger’s highly anticipated inaugural feature film. Kill la Kill creator Hiroyuki Imaishi directs this eye-popping visual bonanza, which is like if Fire Emblem had a gonzo mecha baby with Gundam Wing. GKIDS is debuting the first full U.S. trailer for Promare, and the movie arrives in select U.S. theaters this fall. Watch the Promare trailer below.

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bunuel in the labyrinth of the turtles review

“How do you change the world?” It’s a question posed to famous surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel by a group of intellectuals debating the merits of art or political action to combat the rising forces of fascism in Europe in the opening scene of Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles. Buñuel, inexplicably wearing a nun habit and a smug smile, doesn’t answer. But he doesn’t need to — his art is what speaks for him. In his lyrical animated film, director Salvador Simó also lets the art speak for itself, painting an earthy, dreamlike portrait of the surrealist filmmaker as he overcomes financial and personal challenges to shoot his 1933 documentary Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan.

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