The Boy and the Heron, the next Studio Ghibli film, will be officially released in North America with an English dub later this year, according to GKIDS. In Japan, the film, titled How Do You Live?, was released exclusively in Japanese theaters on Friday, July 14, 2023. It received no advertising and was released concurrently in IMAX. The studio’s co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki, will write and direct the final picture.
Studio Ghibli Announces The Boy and the Heron Release Date
The Boy and the Heron is the official English title for Studio Ghibli’s next film, How Do You Live? in Japan. The Child and the Heron, based on the 1937 novel by John Steinbeck, takes place during World War II and follows a little child named Cooper (named Mahito Maki in Japan) after his mother dies due to the Tokyo firebombings.
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Mahito then meets a talking heron who promises him the chance to see his mother again, and he sets out on a mission to discover the meaning of life. Soma Santoki is the actor that plays Mahito.
Hayao Miyazaki both wrote and directed the picture. The Wind Rises, his most recent photo with the studio, was released in 2013. The Boy and the Heron will be his final film for the studio.
GKIDS Films confirmed in a tweet on July 14, 2023, that THE BOY AND THE HERON will be released in North American theaters in 2023-
GKIDS is honored to announce the acquisition of North American rights to THE BOY AND THE HERON, the new film from Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli.
— GKIDS Films (@GKIDSfilms) July 14, 2023
The animation director is Takeshi Honda, best known for his work on Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and the Rebuild of Evangelion series of films. The soundtrack for the film was composed by Joe Hisaishi, a veteran of Studio Ghibli. Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro are among the studio productions on which he has worked. Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, is the film’s producer.
The Boy and the Heron has no set North American release date, but it will likely arrive later this year. At this moment, the English voice cast has not been revealed. Please keep reading The Nerd Stash for the most recent news in anime and animation.
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