Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Film4's Christmas Studio Ghibli Season

This may be old news to some of you, especially as it is now four days in, but Film4 (a digital television channel in the United Kingdom) announced recently that they will be screening a Studio Ghibli film everyday from the 10th to 25th December.

The films on offer are a mixture of popular and well known Ghibli titles, like My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, and the lesser known titles of their extensive and impressive back catalogue, like Castle of Cagliostro or The Little Norse Prince. Film4 have also made the decision to run all the films with their original Japanese voice talent with English subtitles. This Christmas season definitely has a treat every day in the run up to the big day!

The full list of titles is as follows (all times are GMT):

Ponyo - 10th December 6.55pm
Princess Mononoke - 11th December 4.40pm
Tales from Earthsea - 12th December 4.25pm
Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro - 13th December 4.45pm
The Little Norse Prince - 14th December 5.10pm
Only Yesterday - 15th December 4.10pm
Whisper of the Heart - 16th December 5.05pm
The Cat Returns - 17th December 4.50pm
Kiki's Delivery Service - 18th December 4.25pm
Castle in the Sky - 19th December 4.25pm
Pom Poko - 20th December 4.15pm
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds - 21st December 4pm
Porco Rosso - 22nd December 4.55pm
Ocean Waves - 23rd December 5.30pm
My Neighbour Totoro - 24th December 5.15pm
Ponyo (Repeated) - 25th December 5.10pm

I personally am surprised that the other two Studio Ghibli films that received a cinema release in the UK (Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle) are not part of this schedule, but this looks like a brilliant season none-the-less.

Studio Ghibli Season on Film4