A scene from The Boy and the Heron

Image: Studio Ghibli

Great news if you missed The Boy and the Heron during its initial theatrical run, and felt serious FOMO when it picked up an Oscar for Best Animated Feature last night: Hayao Miyazaki’s (possibly final?) movie is coming back to North American theaters soon.

This news was bundled in with a message on X from Studio Ghibli co-founder and film producer Toshi Suzuki, as well as New York-based distributor GKIDS. Director Miyazaki, who is 83 years old, was not at the Academy Awards last night, so the social media post was kind of an acceptance speech on his behalf. After alluding to the changes that have happened both for Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in the time since their last release, The Wind Rises, Suzuki (who is 75) wrote, “I am very appreciative that the work that was created after overcoming these difficulties has been seen by so many people around the world, and that it has received this recognition… I am grateful to receive such an honor at my age, and taking this as a message to continue our work.”

In a happy coincidence, today marks the anniversary of the day another beloved Studio Ghibli classic hit theaters: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, released in Japan March 11, 1984. There’s no word yet on when The Boy and the Heron’s re-release will roll out, but as the GKIDS post notes, details are coming soon.


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