GKids Acquires Rights to Grave of the Fireflies
New York based distributor GKIDS has just announced their acquisition of the North American theatrical rights to Isao Takahata’s iconic 80s animated masterpiece, Grave of the Fireflies. GKIDS’ plan for the rights include a 25th anniversary release in 2013, as well as its inclusion to their Studio Ghibli Retrospective, which is currently touring throughout North America.
Eric Beckman, GKIDS president said, “This deal finally reunites a great Isao Takahata masterwork with the rest of the Studio Ghibli films. It is a profoundly moving film and an essential part of the Ghibli legacy.”
Grave of the Fireflies is an emotionally powerful film, told in flashback, that focuses on the devastation of Japan during the final months of World War 2 as seen through the eyes of two children.
Film critic Roger Ebert said, “Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.”