To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Studio Ghibli’s Academy Award-winning anime classic Spirited Away is returning to U.S. theaters this December, accompanied by an exclusive short film Ghiblies: Episode 2.
GKIDS and Fathtom Events are partnering up for the release, which will take in over 400 theaters nationwide and includes the dubbed version on Sunday, December 4th at 12.00pm, along with the English-language subtitled version on Monday, December 5th at 7pm. You can find a list of participating theaters here.
“Spirited Away” follows 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) on another seemingly-boring trip with her parents. However, when they stop at a mysterious village, her parents undergo a puzzling transformation, and she is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a witch who never wants to see her leave. Chihiro must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.
“Ghiblies: Episode 2” is a unique 25-minute short film from Studio Ghibli, featuring several comedic vignettes and caricatures of Studio Ghibli staff as they go about their day. Utilizing new animation techniques and software that would then be deployed on the production of “My Neighbors the Yamadas,” “Ghiblies: Episode 2” has never been released in North America and will make its theatrical premiere at this special screening event.