Anime

About Anime Films

Cineplex Events is proud to present a range of anime content throughout the year. Please note that screenings are offered in both dubbed and subtitled versions.

Whisper of the Heart - Studio Ghibli Fest

Synopsis

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously borrowed all of the library books she chooses.

English cast

Brittany Snow, David Gallagher, Ashley Tisdale, Cary Elwes

Japanese cast

Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana

Dates

Kiki’s Delivery Service - Studio Ghibli Fest

Synopsis

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.

English cast

Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds, Phil Hartman

Japanese cast

Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Dates

My Neighbor Totoro - Studio Ghibli Fest

Synopsis

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 Totoro’s, 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.

English cast

Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Tim Daly

Japanese cast

Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto

Dates

The Secret World Of Arrietty

Synopsis

Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.” Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom.

English cast

Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, Saoirse Ronan

Japanese cast

Mirai Shida, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ryûnosuke Kamiki

Dates

Spirited Away - Studio Ghibli Anime Series

Synopsis

A Japanese anime film from the creator of "Princess Mononoke," this is the story of a girl named Chihiro who travels into the world of gods to find a way to turn her parents into human form after they were turned into... pigs.

English cast

Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette

Japanese cast

Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki

Dates

Princess Mononoke - Studio Ghibli Fest

Synopsis

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

English cast

Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson

Japanese cast

Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka

Dates

The Tale of Princess Kaguya - Studio Ghibli Fest

Synopsis

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. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately, she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Cast

Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen

Dates

Presentations may not be available at all participating theatres for all advertised dates.