The Studio Ghibli Collection
Following the smash-hit success of our Hayao Miyazaki series earlier this year, The Loft Cinema is now proud to present an all-new retrospective series featuring a fresh line-up of classic titles from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli animation house.
All throughout the month of June, don’t miss your chance to experience such beloved and influential Studio Ghibli films as Only Yesterday, Whisper of the Heart, Grave of the Fireflies, Ponyo and more, all on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen!
Most films in the series will be presented on recently-struck 35mm film prints, and many will be shown in both subtitled and English dubbed versions (pending availability). This is a rare cinematic treat you’ll never forget, so make sure to mark your calendars for a monumental month of Ghibli!
Presented by GKIDS.
$8.00 general admission • $6.00 Loft members & children 12 and under
$55 general admission • $40 members & children 12 and under
The Loft Cinema is located at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Only Yesterday / The Studio Ghibli Collection
Starts on Sunday, Jun 2nd 2013
Directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and the 1980s, and is the quintessential drama of Japanese school-day nostalgia.
Pom Poko / The Studio Ghibli Collection
Starts on Thursday, Jun 6th 2013
In this brilliant and often overlooked Studio Ghibli masterpiece, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon form to practically any object.
A masterpiece about the awakening of creative talent, Whisper of the Heart was the first and only full-length feature by Hayao Miyazaki’s protégé Yoshifumi Kondo before his sudden death at the age of 47. It remains one of the classics of Japanese animation.
Ocean Waves / The Studio Ghibli Collection
Starts on Thursday, Jun 13th 2013
Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, Ocean Waves is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery.
My Neighbors The Yamadas / The Studio Ghibli Collection
Starts on Sunday, Jun 16th 2013
In a break from the frequently mythical storytelling of Studio Ghibli, director Isao Takahata wryly tweaks the everyday activities of family life with his depiction of the irresponsible, slovenly, and lazy Yamada family and their unassuming way of life.
The Cat Returns / The Studio Ghibli Collection
Starts on Thursday, Jun 20th 2013
In this sequel to Whisper of the Heart, a quiet suburban schoolgirl, Haru, is pitched into a fantastical feline world and must find her inner strength to make her way back home.
Grave of the Fireflies / The Studio Ghibli Collection
Starts on Sunday, Jun 23rd 2013
Two children, Seita and his little sister Setsuko, are at the centre of this deeply moving anime classic from Studio Ghibli, set in Japan during World War II. Director Isao Takahata creates a visually stunning and emotionally powerful film that meditates on the devastating consequences of war.
Ponyo, directed by Hayao Miyazaki! / The Studio Ghibli Collection
Starts on Thursday, Jun 27th 2013
Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke.
The January film series of Hayao Miyazaki’s films was very popular, and here is another chance to enjoy Japanese animation at its best, and in the cool Loft theaters.
Note: I am also a volunteer at the Loft Cinema, and have been for years.