A Summer of Studio Ghibli Films: The Classics
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

The critically acclaimed works of Studio Ghibli has won numerous awards and recognition all over the world. This summer at the Morikami, journey into the fantastic and imaginative world of seven Studio Ghibli classics with stories that touch the heart, inspire, and make us smile.

Cost: $5 (with paid museum admission) (children ages 3 and under free)
Location: Morikami Theater

Buy Individual Tickets $5 each
Please know: Our theater tends to be quite cold therefore you may want to bring a jacket or sweater with you.


© 2008 Studio Ghibli – NDHDMT

Ponyo – A film by Hayao Miyazaki
(101 min., Rated G)

Ponyo Movie Trailer

Saturday, May 5, 2018 (11:00am & 2:00pm)
(Dubbed in English)

Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder — but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film. 


© 1988 Studio Ghibli

My Neighbor Totoro – A film by Hayao Miyazaki
(86 min., Rated G)

My Neighbor Totoro Movie Trailer

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (11:00 am)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 (2:00pm)
(Dubbed in English)

One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus — a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat.

But beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kind’s relationship to the Earth. The film is infused with an almost spiritual reverence for the power of nature (a philosophy tied to the ancient Shinto belief that every object in nature has a soul). Everything that surrounds us, from light-dappled tree groves, to the marvelous clouds, echoes the density and lusciousness of life. Protected by the Totoros, we know no harm will come to our two heroines in the forest’s sunlit glades and mysterious shadows. The girls may be awed by the power and majesty around them but they understand instinctively that nature has no malice. The viewer is left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world all around us.

© 1984 Studio Ghibli – H

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – A film by Hayao Miyazaki
(116 min., Rated PG)

Nausicaa Movie Trailer

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (2:00pm)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 (11:00am)
(Dubbed in English)

The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is considered by many to be his masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.Like most Studio Ghibli films, there is neither good nor evil, but conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. Throughout the film, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring; the depiction of the poisoned forest in particular is a thing of transcendent beauty. Once the hallucinogenic strangeness of shape and color has been accepted, there is light, growth and life everywhere. Huge dragonfly-like creatures are accompanied by wonderful, evocative sounds of flight and movement. The lethal fungus plants glow, shimmer and shed spores like silent gleaming snowfalls. This is a film not to be missed.

© 1989 Eiko Kadono – Studio Ghibli – N

Kiki’s Delivery Service – A Film by Hayao Miyazaki
(102 min., Rated G)

Kiki’s Delivery Service Movie Trailer

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (11:00am)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 (2:00pm)
(Dubbed in English)

From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

© 1986 Studio Ghibli

Castle in the Sky – A Film by Hayao Miyazaki
(124 min., Rated PG)

Castle in the Sky Movie Trailer

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (2:00pm)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 (11:00am)
(Dubbed in English)

A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. Castle in the Sky is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately detailed vision presaged later films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

© 1994 Hatake Jimusho – Studio Ghibli – NH

Pom Poko – A Film by Isao Takahata
(119 min., Rated PG)

Pom Poko Movie Trailer

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 (11:00am)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Saturday, August 11, 2018 (2:00pm)
(Dubbed in English)
                                                                             Please note dates are different then those listed in the educational brochure.

In this brilliant and often overlooked Studio Ghibli masterpiece from Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Isao Takahata, the forests are filled with groups of magical tanuki, mischievous raccoon-like animals from Japanese folklore that are capable of shape-shifting from their standard raccoon form to practically any object.

The tanuki spend their days playing idly in the hillsides and squabbling over food – until the construction of a huge new Tokyo suburb clears the nearby forest and threatens their way of life. In an effort to defend their home, the tanuki learn to transform into humans and start playing tricks to make the workers think the construction site is haunted, ending in a spectacular night-time spirit parade, with thousands of ghosts, dragons and other magical creatures descending on the city — in an abundance of fantastical characters that would not be matched on screen by Studio Ghibli until Spirited Away.

© 1995 Aoi Hiiragi / Shueisha – Studio Ghibli – NH

Whisper of the Heart – A film by Yoshifumi Kondo
(111 min., Rated G)

Whisper of the Heart Movie Trailer

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 (2:00pm)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Saturday, August 11, 2018 (11:00am)
(Dubbed in English)

Please note dates are different then those listed in the educational brochure.

Shizuku is spending her last summer vacation before high school reading and translating foreign music into Japanese. Perusing the eclectic selection of books she has checked out from the library, her curiousity is piqued when she notices that the name Seiji appears before hers on the checkout card of each one. Through a series of curious and magical incidents, she comes to meet and establishes a connection to Seiji – who has dreams of becoming a famous violinmaker in Italy, while she has aspirations of becoming a writer. As their life goals pull them in different directions, Shizuku and Seiji are determined to remain true to their feelings for one another. A masterpiece about the awakening of creative talent, Whisper of the Heart was the first and only full-length feature by Hayao Miyazaki’s protégé Yoshifumi Kondo before his sudden death at the young age of 47. It remains one of the classics of Japanese animation.

© 2010 Studio Ghibli – NDHDMTW

The Secret World of Arrietty– A film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi
(95 min., Rated G)

The Secret World of Arrietty Trailer

Sunday, May 12, 2019 

11:00am (Dubbed in English)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Discover the debut film from the Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) in this gorgeous adaption of The Borrowers, one of the most popular children’s books of all time. In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. Featuring the voices of Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett.


© 1997 Studio Ghibli – ND

Princess Mononoke– A film by Hayao Miyazaki
(134 min., Rated PG-13)

Princess Mononoke Trailer

Saturday, June 8, 2019 

11:00am (Dubbed in English)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke box office records on its original release in Japan.

While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into the sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who are waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. Princess Mononoke is a force of nature – with blood-smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.

© 2004 Studio Ghibli – NDDMT

Howl’s Moving Castle– A film by Hayao Miyazaki
(114 min., Rated PG)

Howl’s Moving Castle Trailer

Saturday, July 27, 2019 

11:00am (Dubbed in English)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. After this chance meeting, the young girl turns into a 90-year old woman by the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Based on the beloved classic by Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle was the second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.

© 2001 Studio Ghibli – NDDTM

Spirited Away– A film by Hayao Miyazaki
(125 min., Rated PG)

Spirited Away Trailer

Saturday, August 3, 2019 

11:00am (Dubbed in English)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award®-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers.

Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters — shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so — and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.

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