Studio Ghibli Fest Comes to Little Rock


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Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki rose to fame because of the amazing stories he told through his beautifully animated Japanese feature films. Although most of his work happened between the 1970s and the early 2000s, his films have been popular for years, and while Miyazaki is now retired, people still find ways to celebrate his works over the years.

Studio Ghibli Fest 2023 is one way for fans to honor the legacy of Miyazaki. This nine-month-long event commemorates 10 of Miyazaki’s most popular films by showing them in theaters across the United States, and features behind-the-scenes exclusive selections of the documentary “10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki.” Uniquely this year, there will be the first-ever screening of a live version of “Spirited Away,” one of Miyazaki’s most awarded movies. The 1988 film “My Neighbor Totoro” started the event off in March, and the animated version of “Spirited Away” will bring the festival to a close in November.

In Little Rock, the screenings will take place at the Cinemark Colonel Glenn 18 XD theater on Colonel Glenn Plaza Drive. See below for a lineup of dates for the movies being shown.