See Your Favourite Studio Ghibli Movies On The Big Screen This Winter

The recent announcement that legendary animation master Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement (again) for one final film project couldn’t have come at a better time. This December, TIFF will launch a third instalment of their popular Ghibli retrospective, Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli. Excited much?


Miyazaki says that his forthcoming movie is a pet project he’s been labouring over for nearly two decades. Originally intended as a short, Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar) will be expanded into a full-length feature with the goal to release it in 2020. One more Miyazaki? Yes. Please.

A chance to rewatch or rediscover the director’s old classics? We’ll take that, too. The TIFF program, running from December 24 until January 10, will feature screenings of two films new to the Lightbox: 2006’s Tales From Earthsea, directed by Miyazaki’s son, Gorō; and the North American premiere of Ghiblies: Episode 2, a funny animated short set inside an animation studio that looks an awful lot like Studio Ghibli itself.

Returning to the retrospective is the Oscar-nominated Howl’s Moving Castle, fan favourite My Neighbour Totoro, the Alice in Wonderland-inspired The Cat Returns, and Studio Ghibli’s 1986 debut film, A Castle in the Sky.


TIFF will show a total of 22 Ghibli films in both subtitled and dubbed versions (featuring the voice talents of Hollywood stars like Mark Hamill, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Elle and Dakota Fanning, Anne Hathaway, Bruce Dern, Kristen Bell and more). For the full program schedule, go here.