StudioCanal is marking the 25th anniversary of two Studio Ghibli animated classics, Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro, by bringing the two family-friendly gems back to screens in the UK starting 24 May, 2013.
The cinematic re-releases kicks off a season of Studio Ghibli Blu-ray releases from StudioCanal that is to begin with the summer’s 2nd August release of From Up on Poppy Hill.
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
Set in Japan during World War II, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES focuses on Seita and his little sister Setsuko. After their mother I skilled in an air raid, and with their father serving in the navy, they are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other and their belief that life must carry on. Takahata and his team, including character animator Yoshifumi Kondo, have created a visually stunning and emotionally powerful meditation on the devastating consequences of war.
MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO
While their mother recovers from an illness, Satsuki and her little sister Mei get away from it all in an idyllic rural retreat. Far from the bustle of the city, they discover a mysterious place of spirits and magic, and the friendship of the Totoro woodland creatures. Conceived as a family film devoid of conflict and suffused with the joy of country living, MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO is a masterpiece for the whole family, uniting the unique vision of Hayao Miyazaki with a feel-good tale of childlike wonder and true originality.