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.


© 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.

Buy Individual Tickets $5 each