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Celebrate Studio Ghibli

Dendy invites you to a month-long celebration of the complete theatrical works, and more, from the acclaimed animation house Studio Ghibli, from August 24th to September 20th.

You can find a helpful timetable with all of Dendy's Studio Ghibli screenings at Portside here and Newtown and Canberra here.

From the wildly imaginative fantasy of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and the Oscar®-winning SPIRITED AWAY, to the high adventure of PORCO ROSSO and the raw emotion of WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, the films of Studio Ghibli are renowned for their beautifully realised worlds and uniquely imaginative storytelling.
These are some of the most revered and beloved animated works to have ever graced the big screen, and for the first time ever, CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI brings the complete 22 film Studio Ghibli catalogue to cinemas in Australia and New Zealand; including Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, SPIRITED AWAY and PRINCESS MONONOKE, alongside other classics such as POM POKO, MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS and OCEAN WAVES - the latter of which has never screened in cinemas before in either country.

In addition to this, CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI will also offer insightful documentaries (THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS, ISAO TAKAHATA AND HIS TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA), as well as the seldom seen GHIBLIES EPISODE 2 (2002) short film, and ON YOUR MARK (1995) the animated music video for Japanese rock duo Chage & Aska – directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

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Grave of the Fireflies (Japanese)

PG Animation

Hisako loses her home in Tokyo to Allied bombing. With her husband fighting somewhere in Asia, she and her two children evacuate and try to live on...

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Laputa: Castle In The Sky (English)

G Animation

Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world.

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My Neighbour Totoro (English)

G Animation

When her younger sister runs away from home, Satsuke seeks help from the friendly spirits known as Totoros in tracking her down. English dubbed.

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Spirited Away (Japanese)

PG Animation

A ten year old girl who wanders away from her parents along a path that leads to a world ruled by strange and unusual monster-like animals. Her parents have been changed into pigs along with others inside a bathhouse full of these creatures. Will she ever see the world how it once was?

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Howl's Moving Castle (Japanese)

PG Animation

When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

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Kiki's Delivery Service (English)

G Animation

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

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Ponyo (English)

G Animation

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa, until the day he discovers a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach.

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Princess Mononoke (Japanese)

M Animation

Ashitaka, a cursed prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, must journey west to find a way to bring balance to two warring factions and save himself.

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Spirited Away (English)

PG Animation

A ten year old girl who wanders away from her parents along a path that leads to a world ruled by strange and unusual monster-like animals. Her parents have been changed into pigs along with others inside a bathhouse full of these creatures. Will she ever see the world how it once was?

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The Wind Rises (Japanese)

PG Animation

From acclaimed Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki comes a fantasy-laced biopic that flies through the life of WWII Zero engineer Jirô Horikoshi.

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Howl's Moving Castle (English)

PG Animation

When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

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Pom Poko (Japanese)

PG Animation

The Racoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back.

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The Secret World of Arriety (Japanese)

G Animation

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

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Kiki's Delivery Service (Japanese)

G Animation

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

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My Neighbour Totoro (Japanese)

G Animation

When her younger sister runs away from home, Satsuke seeks help from the friendly spirits known as Totoros in tracking her down. English dubbed.

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Porco Rosso (Japanese)

PG Animation

An Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter and chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea is cursed with the head of a pig.

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Tales From Earthsea (English)

M Animation

Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strangely. Dragons are reappearing. Welcome to the Earthsea Archipelago.

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Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Japanese)

G Animation

The orphan Sheeta inherits a mysterious crystal that links her to the mythical sky-kingdom of Laputa.

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Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (English)

PG Animation

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.

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Only Yesterday (Japanese)

PG Animation

It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years.

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Princess Mononoke (English)

M Animation

Ashitaka, a cursed prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, must journey west to find a way to bring balance to two warring factions and save himself.

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Tales From Earthsea (Japanese)

M Animation

Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strangely. Dragons are reappearing. Welcome to the Earthsea Archipelago.

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The Cat Returns (English)

G Animation

Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat and suddenly her world is transformed.

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Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (Japanese)

PG Animation

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.

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The Secret World of Arriety (English)

G Animation

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

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My Neighbours The Yamadas (Japanese)

PG Animation

With tales that range from the humourous to the heartbreaking, we see this family cope with life's little conflicts, problems and joys in their own way.

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Whisper Of The Heart (Japanese)

PG Animation

Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa', the Prince of Stories.

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From Up On Poppy Hill (Japanese)

G Animation

TKokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea.

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Grave of the Fireflies (English)

PG Animation

Hisako loses her home in Tokyo to Allied bombing. With her husband fighting somewhere in Asia, she and her two children evacuate and try to live on...

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Ponyo (Japanese)

G Animation

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa, until the day he discovers a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach.

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

PG Documentary

Behind-the-scenes work of Studio Ghibli.

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Ocean Waves (Japanese)

PG Animation

At Kichijoji Station, Tokyo, Taku Morisaki glimpses a familiar woman on the platform opposite boarding a train. Later, her photo falls from a shelf as he exits his apartment before flying to Kochi Prefecture. Picking it up, he looks at it briefly before leaving. As the aeroplane takes off he narrates the events that brought her into his life...

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When Marnie Was There (Japanese)

PG Animation

A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.

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Only Yesterday (English)

PG Animation

It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years.

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The Cat Returns (Japanese)

G Animation

Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat and suddenly her world is transformed.

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Whisper Of The Heart (English)

PG Animation

Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets a boy her age whom she finds infuriating, but discovers to her shock that he is her 'Prince of Books'. As she grows closer to him, she realises that he merely read all those books to bring himself closer to her. The boy Seiji aspires to be a violin maker in Italy, and it is his dreams that make Shizuku realise that she has no clear path for her life. Knowing that her strength lies in writing, she tests her talents by writing a story about Baron, a cat statuette belonging to Seiji's grandfather

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Isao (Japanese)

G Documentary

A documentary about the making of The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahata's first feature film for 14 years.

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The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (Japanese)

PG Animation

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady.

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From Up On Poppy Hill (English)

G Animation

TKokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea.

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My Neighbors The Yamadas (English)

PG Animation

With tales that range from the humourous to the heartbreaking, we see this family cope with life's little conflicts, problems and joys in their own way.

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The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (English)

PG Animation

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady.

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Porco Rosso (English)

PG Animation

An Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter and chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea is cursed with the head of a pig.

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When Marnie Was There (English)

PG Animation

A young girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship unravels it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.

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