Studio Ghibli Fest to Return This Fall

After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, GKIDS and Fathom Events have announced Studio Ghibli Fest will return to theaters for 2021. Beginning in October, four of the most beloved films from the Japanese animation studio will be back on the big screen with three separate screenings. Two will be the English-language dubs, with a subtitled showing for purists.

October offers two films. First is the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its original release. (It didn't arrive in America until the following year.) It's easily one of the best films ever made, animated or live-action, and should be stunning on the big screen. It will show October 3rd, 4th and 6th. Later that month, Howl's Moving Castle will screen on the 24th, 25th and 28th.

In November, Ghibli's first film will celebrate its 35th anniversary. The massively influential Castle in the Sky will play on November 14th, 15th and 18th. Finally, Christmas will come early for fans of Hayao Miyazaki's adorable My Neighbor Totoro. That fairy tale will screen on December 5th, 6th and 9th.

Tickets for all four films go on sale Friday, July 16.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.