Canadian Theatrical News: Studio Ghibli Anime Series

Cineplex, GKIDS and Fathom Events are bringing six of the works from anime’s most beloved studio to the big screen in Canada this year. Dubbed the “Studio Ghibli Anime Series,” the one-night event screenings will take place between July and December and will showcase some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most famous feature films. The screenings will be offered in both English and Japanese audio, with each movie including GKIDS MINIFEST, which highlights award-winning animated short films from around the world.

The event series is essentially the Canadian version of the 2017 Studio Ghibli Fest that’s being held in the US.

My Neighbor TotoroJuly 2 (dub) at 12:55PM and July 5 (sub) at 7PM

One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoro’s, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus — a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat.

Kiki’s Delivery ServiceJuly 30 (dub) at 12:55PM and August 2 (sub) at 7PM

From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

Castle in the SkyAugust 27 (dub) at 12:55PM and August 30 (sub) at 7PM

From the legendary Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazki comes a rollicking adventure about a young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant, who falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu – a consummate mechanic obsessed with aircrafts. Together they search for Laputa, the floating island in the sky, and site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. But greedy pirates, spies, and the army are also all in hot pursuit! As one of Studio Ghibli’s earliest films, and the first to be released officially under the studio’s banner, Castle in the Sky quickly established the studio’s reputation for strong heroines, unforgettable storytelling and beautiful animation.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindSeptember 24 (dub) at 12:55PM and September 27 (sub) at 7PM

The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is considered by many to be his masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.

Spirited AwayOctober 29 (dub) at 12:55PM and November 1 (sub) at 7PM

Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters — shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so — and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.

Howl’s Moving CastleDecember 3 (dub) at 12:55PM and December 6 (sub) at 7PM

Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Howl’s Moving Castle was the second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.


Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
Calgary Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas
Edmonton Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
Lethbridge Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge

British Columbia

Burnaby Cineplex Cinemas Metropolis
Coquitlam Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam and VIP
Langley Cineplex Cinemas Langley
Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
Surrey Cineplex Cinemas Strawberry Hill
Vancouver Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
Victoria SilverCity Victoria Cinemas


Winnipeg Scotiabank Theatre Winnipeg

New Brunswick

Fredericton Cineplex Cinemas Fredericton
Moncton Cineplex Cinemas Trinity Drive
Saint John Cineplex Cinemas Saint John


St. John’s Scotiabank Theatre St. John’s

Nova Scotia

Dartmouth Cineplex Cinemas Dartmouth Crossing
Halifax Scotiabank Theatre Halifax
Sydney Cineplex Cinemas Sydney


Ajax Cineplex Odeon Ajax Cinemas
Ancaster Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster
Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
Burlington SilverCity Burlington Cinemas
Etobicoke Cineplex Cinemas Queensway and VIP
Gloucester Scotiabank Theatre Ottawa
Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Pergola Commons
Kingston Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas
London SilverCity London Cinemas
Markham Cineplex Cinemas Markham and VIP
Mississauga Cineplex Cinemas Courtney Park
Newmarket SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas
Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
Oakville Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill
Oshawa Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas
Peterborough Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
Richmond Hill SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas
Scarborough Cineplex Cinemas Scarborough
Sudbury SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
Thunder Bay SilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas
Toronto Cineplex Cinemas Fairview Mall
Toronto Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP
Toronto Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas
Vaughan Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan
Waterloo Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
Windsor SilverCity Windsor Cinemas


Brossard Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Brossard et VIP
Kirkland Cinéma Cineplex Kirkland
Montreal Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal
Montreal Cinéma Cineplex Forum


Regina Cineplex Cinemas Regina
Saskatoon Scotiabank Theatre Saskatoon and VIP

Ticket sales for each film have opened. Note: Showtimes and audio track availability may vary per location.

  1. I decided against doing individual posts for each film for a couple of reasons. It’s not at all difficult to watch these movies. They’re all available on cheap home video releases and even theatrically, they’re not uncommon in art houses. I’m fearing slow months where old Ghibli dominate the front page for months on end. Frankly, I don’t want to have to make a list with 50+ entries every few weeks either.

    I’ll probably put the poster and a link to this on the sidebar.

  2. Too fun!

  3. Looks like it’s gonna be redubbed then…

    • Angela
    • March 1st, 2018

    Looks like GKIDS is bringing this back for 2018. No indication Cineplex is offering it in Canada

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