August 2002

August 26, 2002 Disney Magazine Features "Spirited Away"
The Fall 2002 issue of the Disney Magazine contains a single page article about "Spirited Away" by Charles Solomon.

Read the article here.

Thanks to Erik Scully for the article scan and to Chris Newcomb for the reminder.

August 24, 2002 Pixar "Spirited Away" Screening
(Pixar is not normally open to the public)

Date: Sunday September 15th 2002
Where: Pixar Animation Studios
1200 Park Avenue
Emeryville, CA
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Info: Amy Gardinier at 415.977.0360 or
Cost: $200-$1000
Event Page Link:

Event Description: Join us for an exclusive opportunity to spend an afternoon at the Pixar Animation Studios for a Gala preview of the Japanese movie sensation, Spirited Away.

Celebrity guests will include:
John Lasseter - Academy Award-winning director at Pixar Animation Studios.
Hayao Miyazaki - World-renowned director of Spirited Away from Studio Ghibli
John Ratzenberger - Well-known actor from "Cheers" and character voices in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc. & Walt Disney Studios' Spirited Away.

Enjoy a cocktail reception and silent auction. Guests will have the choice of viewing the movie in Pixar's state-of-the-art digital theater before or after the reception.

All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
RSVP TO, Amy Gardinier at 415.977.0360 or
About: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) JDRF, the world's leading nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes-a disease which strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $600 million to diabetes research worldwide. In a typical year, 87 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and education about research. Our mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. For more information, visit the JDRF website: or call 415.977.0360.

The JDRF Greater Bay Area Chapter was founded in 1978. Since then, we have become the second most successful fundraising JDRF Chapter in the nation.

Thanks to Warner Young of No-Name Anime for passing along the news.

August 21, 2002 "Spirited Away" at the Toronto International Film Festival
Showtimes have not been released (estimated date: August 27), but the festival begins September 5.The film is showing under the "Special Presentations" section.

Visit the official website
for more information.

Thanks to Gary Watson for the news.

August 21, 2002 10 Cities to Open "Spirited Away" on September 20, More on October 4

Other tidbits from a viewer of a press screening in Dallas
(this might not have been the final print, all items subject to change):

Keep checking back in the coming weeks; we'll post theater details as they become known.Thanks to Tiffany Paul of Around Media for the release schedule.

August 19, 2002 Preliminary "Spirited Away" US Release Plans
Note: All schedules are subject to change.

September 10: Things kickoff with a screening of the English version at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. Hayao Miyazaki will be attending the premiere and take part in a Q&A after the film.

September 20: The film opens in select cities; exactly which cities has not yet been announced. A page detailing theaters showing the film will be created as bookings are confirmed.

October 4: Additional cities are scheduled to start screening the film. Dallas is confirmed, and a theater in Houston has received 24 copies of the English trailer, which suggests it will also start showing on October 4.

What happens beyond October 4 is dependent on how well the film performs at the additional cities. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Question: Will there be a subbed version?
Answer: Yes, but the distribution is unknown. Larger markets will receive both the dub and sub, smaller markets might be limited to the dub.

August 19, 2002 "Spirited Away" US Trailer
Click here to view the English-language trailer (QuickTime 5, hosted at

Thanks to Paul Alvarado-Dykstra and Michael Howe for the news.

August 15, 2002 Viz "Spirited Away" Q&A Responses
Carl Horn of Viz Comics responded to ten questions about the English "Spirited Away" books and other topics of interest.

Click here to read his answers

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions.

August 9, 2002 Miyazaki to Attend "Spirited Away" US Premiere (El Capitan Theater)
Culled from THE BLACK MOON press release
THE BLACK MOON is delighted to announce that the US premiere of Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, "Spirited Away", will be held at the Egyptian Theatre on September 10th, 2002. Furthermore, the American Cinematheque has scheduled a live in person appearance by Miyazaki for after the screening! The Master will be on hand to participate in a Question and Answer session with the audience.

Visit the Egyptian Theater for more details.

Paul Meyer posted the following to the MML
just got off the email with Dennis Bartok, the film programmer for the American Cinematheque. Disney has asked that the SEP 10 screening be moved down the street to the El Capitan since it is a slightly larger venue than the Egyptian (1000 seats versus 616). The screening will still be a benefit event for the Egyptian and is still set for Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7:30pm. The only thing that has changed is the venue. The El Capitan will now handle ticketing. These changes should be up on the American Cinematheque's website

August 8, 2002 "Spirited Away" in Australia
Tim Anderson of Madman Entertainment wrote in to say that "Spirited Away" will be theatrically released in Australia in December.

More details as they become available.

August 1, 2002 US "Castle in the Sky" CD Spotted
Marc Gregory spotted this page over at CD Japan which states:

* Catalog No.: TKCA-72436
* Media: CDA
* Number of discs (or other units): 1
* Release Date: 2002/10/02

Soundtrack album to the US version of the Ghibli film, "Laputa: Castle in the Sky."

What this portents is anyone's guess, but the new English dub is likely to be on the R2 DVD.