This year, Gund is expanding several popular licensed product lines with new characters, costumes, and formats. Licenses include Sesame Street; Peter Rabbit; Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog; Grumpy Cat; Curious George; and Uglydoll. The expansions include backpack clips and sound toys for Peter Rabbit, and wearable scarves, hats, and earmuffs for Grumpy Cat. [Read more...]
Gkids in conjunction with Cinedigm is releasing From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest from Studio Ghibli, the creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and other animated pieces, on September 3. Written by studio founder Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first feature-length collaboration between father and son.
From Up on Poppy Hill is hand-drawn and is set in Yokohama in 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin)– but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.
From a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the English language version is directed by multiple Academy Award-winner Gary Rydstrom from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick (James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, Charlotte’s Web) and is executive produced by Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy. The movie features a voice cast including Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff, and Anton Yelchin.
Cinedigm will release the movie in Blu-ray+ DVD 2-Pack, DVD 2-Pack, and Cable VOD. The Blu-ray+ DVD combo and DVD releases both contain more than three hours of bonus materials and include original Japanese language and English language versions with subtitles and dubtitles, feature-length storyboards, celebrity cast recording featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, an interview with Goro Miyazaki, original Japanese trailer and TV spots, the music video for the theme song by Aoi Teshima, and a featurette about Yokohama, exploring the history of the sea-side setting where the film takes place. Bonuses exclusive to the Blu-ray edition include a staff speech and press conference by Hayao Miyazaki, a 20-page booklet containing the original project proposal by Hayao Miyazaki, and a letter from Goro Miyazaki.