GKIDS will publish Panda! Go Panda! in North America.
The animation distributor announced that it has acquired the North American rights to the classic animated film and its sequel. Panda! Come on Panda! : Circus of Rainy Days, both directed by Isao Takahata and written by Hayao Miyazaki, who would go on to become two of the most celebrated animation directors in film history. Both films were originally released in 1972 and 1973, more than ten years before Takahata and Miyazaki reunited to found the famed animation company Studio Ghibli. To mark the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the first film, GKIDS will be gifting both films with an English dubbing and a new HD remaster that promises to restore the vivid colors of the original release. The company plans to release the films in both theaters and on home video before the end of the year.
“Besides being a major milestone in the history of animation, Panda! Go Panda! is an exuberant and entertaining story that will have you humming the theme song for days,” GKIDS President David Jesteadt told the public at a major anniversary milestone.”
The films tell the story of Mimiko, a young girl left alone during her grandmother’s absence. The child befriends a pair of pandas, Panny Panda and her father Papanda, and the trio embark on a series of colorful adventures.
Isao Takahata got his start in the anime industry at Toei Animation, where he directed the highly influential but commercially unsuccessful anime The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun in 1968. While at Toei, Takahata met another young animator named Hayao Miyazaki. The two eventually left the studio and in 1985 teamed up with several other artists to start their own animation company, Studio Ghibli. Takahata is best known for directing films like 1988’s. the tomb of the fireflies and 1994 bobble. His latest directorial work The Story of Princess Kaguyawas released in 2013, five years before his death in 2018 at the age of 82.
Miyazaki is best known for directing some of the most critically acclaimed animated films of all time, including Princess Mononoke and Oscar winners Taken away as if by magic. Originally, the Director had planned to retire after the end of 2013 The wind picks upbut returned to work to shoot a new movie, How do you live?, based on the novel of the same name by Yoshino Genzaburo. The new film does not have a release date yet.
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