TCM Announces Ghibli Series, Unreleased Takahata Title Set to Air
Toon Zone has independent confirmation that Turner Classic Movies plans to air nine animated features from Studio Ghibli in January 2006.
UPDATE: According to the official TCM Web site, the film series will include a variety of Ghibli films, including the currently unreleased Whisper of the Heart and Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday, which Disney had previously suggested was on indefinite hold and would not be dubbed. For the latter title, TCM lists only the Japanese voice cast, suggesting that the film may air in Japanese with subtitles, though the network has not given a definite answer on this point.
Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke will both air twice on the evening of Jan. 5, 2006. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Castle in the Sky will air at the same times one week later, on Jan. 12. My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso and Whisper of the Heart are set to air Thursday, Jan. 19. Finally, the Takahata films Pom Poko and Only Yesterday will air Jan. 26.
Since this is a far-advance schedule, it may change prior to the airdates.