In time to pick up some potential Oscar notice, Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's (Pom Poko, Grave of the Fireflies) The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya starts its Gkids distributed North American theatrical run on October 17th. A new trailer offers a preview of its English dub, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, and Lucy Liu.
Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.
GKids' The Tale of the Princess Kaguya agreement includes theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights in North America. Ghibli’s Geoffrey Wexler will produce the English version with Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall executive producing. This team handled the English versions of The Wind Rises and GKIDS' first million-dollar grossing animated feature release, From Up on Poppy Hill.
Released in Japan in November, Kaguya is 78-year-old Takahata's first film since 1999's My Neighbors the Yamadas, eight years of effort and a budget of 5 billion yen were spent bringing it to the screen. The movie is a retelling of 10th century Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) - the story of moon princess Kaguya-hime, discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. The story figured into many other anime, from Oh! Edo Rocket to to Leiji Matsumoto's Queen Millennia to Sailor Moon.
GKids has also picked up the rights to Mami Sunada's documentary about Studio Ghibli, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.