Over the past decade or so, Disney and Studio Ghibli have always been relatively synonymous with one another. The domestic distributor for Ghibli’s films, Disney would give them fantastically broad releases, alongside new English language dub tracks, that were easily some of the best dubs ever done in the history of film. However, with the new film From Up On Poppy Hill, that is no longer the case.
The first trailer for the film has hit, and with new distributors GKIDS behind this project, this is going to be quite the interesting film. Best known for releasing A Cat In Paris this year (along with other fantastic fare like Summer Wars, Chico And Rita, The Secret Of Kells and Sita Sings The Blues), GKIDS will not only be releasing this film, but also a handful of previous Ghibli films in their original Japanese language tracks, something not done here in the states. Thirteen films in total, they will be released not only with original audio, but shown from newly restored 35mm prints.
As far as a film goes, this one looks fantastic. Helmed by Goro Miyazaki, the film carries Ghibli’s prototypical crisp animation, emotive facial design, and melancholic tone. Based on a manga of the same name, the film will follow a handful of teens who try to help each other stop a company from destroying their clubhouse. Goro also helmed both The Secret World Of Arrietty and Tales From Earthsea, two films I absolutely adore, and this looks like it will fit into that mold perfectly. The trailer is fantastic, and the film looks equally so, making its March 2013 release date too far away for those addicted to the world of Studio Ghibli.