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Spirited Away Returns To US Theaters With “Ghiblies: Episode 2” Short

The Oscar-winning anime classic is returning to US theaters in December!

Earlier today, GKids and Fathom Events announced that they will screen Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) in the United States. The film will get a theatrical run, from December 4 – 5 to commemorate the film’s 15th anniversary.

Short film Ghiblies: Episode 2 will screen along with the feature. The feature has never been released in North America.

The screenings on December 4, which will be held at noon local time, will feature the dubbed version of the film. The subtitled version will run a day later on December 5, at 7:00PM local time. Over 400 theaters will carry the films.

spirited-away-poster-001-20161114Spirited Away is an original film from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The feature, which hit Japanese theaters on July 20, 2001, was written and directed by Miyazaki. Joe Hisaishi (My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind) scored the feature’s soundtrack, while Masashi Ando (Paprika, Princess Mononoke) provided character designs.

Spirited Away is the highest-grossing animated film in Japanese history, with ¥30.4 billion ($280, 852, 683.53) in ticket sales. Disney released Spirited Away in North America in September 2002, and the feature was awarded the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 75th annual Academy Awards.

Ghiblies: Episode 2 is an original feature, which first screened in Japan in 2002, with The Cat Returns. The feature, which is a comedy set in an anime studio, was directed by Yoshiyuki Momose.

Source: YouTube (GKids Films)

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