EXCLUSIVE: Chloe Grace Moretz will voice the title character in The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, the latest animated pic from Studio Ghibli, the company co-founded by Japan animation icons Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain also have signed up for the film, which GKIDS acquired in March to release in the U.S. The indie distributor, which has four Best Animated Feature nominations since 2010, has set an October 17 release date timed to maximize awards-season play.
Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies) directed Kaguya in his helming effort in in 14 years, and the pic based on the an ancient Japanese folk story the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter played strong in Japan when it was released there in November . The plot: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, even unseen she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Ultimately however she must face her secret fate. Read More »
GKIDS has become a regular on the Oscar scene despite its indie status with four Best Animated Feature nominations since 2010 — most recently backing this year’s nom Ernest & Celestine and notching two noms in the category in 2012 with A Cat In Paris and Chico & Rita. So today’s deal in which it has acquired North American rights to Studio Ghibli‘s The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya is legit news, especially when GKIDS says it will release the pic this year and make an awards push. The animated movie from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata is his first in 14 years. It was released in November in Japan and was a hit, telling the story of the heroine at the center of an ancient Japanese folk story, the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The plot: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, even unseen she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Ultimately however she must face her secret fate. Read More »
GKIDS is the indie animation distributor that has had a run of its pics up for Oscars the past few years with The Secret Of Kells (in 2010) and Chico & Rita and A Cat In Paris (both in 2012). The pact with digital distributor Cinedigm expands on the companies’ existing home entertainment partnerships and creates a new multiplatform label, with GKIDS continuing to distribute its films theatrically and Cinedigm handling all other distribution under the GKIDS brand.
The first title in the partnership is From Up On Poppy Hill, the latest from Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibl, which is distributed domestically via GKIDS. Poppy Hill, released in the U.S. in March, is directed by Miyazaki’s son Goro and is set in Yokohama in 1963 as Japan picks itself up from the devastation of World War II and prepares to host the Olympics. The English-language voice cast that including Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard and Chris Noth among others. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy executive produced, and a September 3 home vid release is planned. Read More »