GKids Bringing ‘Spirit Away’ Stageplay To DVD

GKids is partnering with Studio Ghibli, Shout Studios, and Toho to bring not one but two different stage adaptions of the Hayao Miyazaki anime film ‘Spirited Away’ to home video.

One of the most beloved animated feature films of all time, ‘Spirited Away’ has received many accolades across the entire world and now a stageplay that features puppetry as well as live-action performances from actors and actresses can be seen on DVD.

“Hayao Miyazaki’s legendary Academy Award®-winning animated feature is brought to life in Tony Award®-Winner John Caird’s stage adaptation masterpiece, SPIRITED AWAY: Live on Stage. Filmed during the hit production’s 2022 run at the historic Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, the critically acclaimed stage show will be available on all major digital platforms and on Blu-Ray™ this November 14, 2023 from GKIDS with distribution from Shout! Studios,” GKids wrote on their website.

“The wondrous stage play adaptation entertaining in master puppetry, brilliant costuming, magical sets and enchanting musical numbers is released as two separate filmed performances of the production, starring renowned Japanese actresses Kanna Hashimoto and Mone Kamishiraishi, double-cast as the lead heroine Chihiro. Character actor Mari Natsuki, who voiced the sorceress Yubaba and her twin sister Zeniba in the original motion picture, returns to her original role accompanied by voice actor Romi Park double cast as the characters. They are accompanied by a star-studded cast of Japan’s finest actors,” they said.

‘Spirited Away’ was originally released in cinemas in 2001 and would win “Best Film” at the 2002 Japan Academy Award and “Best Animated Feature” at the 2003 Academy Awards.

GKids continued, “The SPIRITED AWAY: Live on Stage home entertainment release follows the North American debut earlier this spring with the successful theatrical run at the 2023 Ghibli Fest, boasting overwhelming fan demand and critical acclaim.”

You can take a look at the box set here:

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