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PR: English Language Voice Cast Announced for "From Up on Poppy Hill"; Nominated for 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Award

GKIDS, KENNEDY/MARSHALL AND STUDIO GHIBLI ANNOUNCE THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOICE CAST FOR

“FROM UP ON POPPY HILL”

CAST INCLUDES:

GILLIAN ANDERSON
SARAH BOLGER
BEAU BRIDGES
JAMIE LEE CURTIS
BRUCE DERN
JEFF DUNHAM
ISABELLE FUHRMAN
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS
RON HOWARD
CHRIS NOTH
EMILY OSMENT
AUBREY PLAZA
CHARLIE SAXTON
ALEX WOLFF
ANTON YELCHIN

#1 GROSSING JAPANESE FILM OF 2011 NOVEMBER OSCAR® RUN – THEATRICAL RELEASE MARCH 2013

New York, New York – October 4, 2012 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for From Up on Poppy Hill, the highly anticipated new feature from Studio Ghibli. The film was directed by Goro Miyazaki from a screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki and was the top-grossing Japanese film of 2011. Multiple Academy Award® winner Gary Rydstrom directed the English language version from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy executive produced. GKIDS is handling theatrical, home video, television and VOD rights and will qualify the film for the Academy Awards® in the Best Animated Feature category. Theatrical release is planned for March 15, 2013.


STUDIO GHIBLI’S
“FROM UP ON POPPY HILL”

NOMINATED FOR 2012
ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

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#1 GROSSING JAPANESE FILM OF 2011
WINNER OF THE 2012 JAPAN ACADEMY PRIZE FOR ANIMATION

ENGLISH VOICE CAST INCLUDES:
GILLIAN ANDERSON, SARAH BOLGER, BEAU BRIDGES, JAMIE LEE CURTIS, BRUCE DERN, JEFF DUNHAM, ISABELLE FUHRMAN, CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, RON HOWARD, CHRIS NOTH, EMILY OSMENT, AUBREY PLAZA, CHARLIE SAXTON, ALEX WOLFF, AND ANTON YELCHIN

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FILM TO RECEIVE NOVEMBER OSCAR® RUN
N. AMERICAN THEATRICAL RELEASE IN MARCH 2013

New York, New York – October 10, 2012 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced that From Up on Poppy Hill, the highly anticipated new feature from Studio Ghibli, has been nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Award for “Best Animated Feature Film” for 2012 (Toshio Suzuki, Producer). Asia Pacific Screen Award winners will be announced November 23rd in Brisbane, Australia.

From Up on Poppy Hill was directed by Goro Miyazaki from a screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki and was the top- grossing Japanese film of 2011. Multiple Academy Award® winner Gary Rydstrom directed the English language version from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy executive produced. GKIDS is handling theatrical, home video, television and VOD rights and will qualify the film for the Academy Awards® in the Best Animated Feature category, as well as the 2012 Annie Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Theatrical release is planned for March 15, 2013.


SYNOPSIS

From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Secret World of Arrietty) comes From Up on Poppy Hill, the uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. The top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, From Up on Poppy Hill captures the innocence of new love as well as the beauty of Yokohama’s harbor and lush surroundings. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly detail, From Up on Poppy Hill provides a pure, sincere, and nuanced evocation of the past, and marks yet another creative triumph for Studio Ghibli.

ABOUT STUDIO GHIBLI

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.

ABOUT GKIDS

GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored three Best Animated Feature Oscar® nominations in the past three years, with The Secret of Kells in 2010 and both A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012 – marking the first time an independent distributor has had two simultaneous nominations in the category. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for Oscar® winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is longtime producer of the New York International Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar®-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens.

 

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