While Studio Ghibli was known for making feature films such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, the animation powerhouse did create one TV series. Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter came out in 2014. Directed by Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea and son of Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki), the 26 episodes played around the globe. Now the entire series is coming to Blu-ray in August. Here’s the press release from GKIDS and Shout! Factory:
GKIDS and Shout! Factory Present
Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter
Acclaimed Series Makes Blu-ray Debut August 20, 2019
From the legendary Studio Ghibli and director Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill) comes Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter, an International Emmy Award®-winning epic adventure based on the beloved novel by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking.
The first television series produced by the renowned Studio Ghibli, Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter will be making its North American Blu-ray debut August 20th, 2019 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. The first international release to include the original Japanese language version of the series in addition to the English dub, this complete series four-disc set includes all 26 episodes, as well as a making of featurette and an interview with director Goro Miyazaki as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
One stormy night, a girl is born inside a mountain fort, surrounded by her parents and a loving band of robbers. Now ten years old, Ronja has grown into a strong and active girl, who discovers the forest as both a beautiful and frightening place inhabited by unique creatures. She befriends the son of her father’s rival, which begins the drama of her friendship and family loyalties. As she struggles to balance this friendship with her family relationship, she comes to understand that differences can be overcome with the help of love and understanding.
Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter Bonus Features
Making Of Ronja featurette
Interview with director Goro Miyazaki
GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding eleven Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, Ernest & Celestine in 2014, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea in 2015, Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There in 2016, My Life as a Zucchini in 2017, The Breadwinner in 2018 and Mirai for this year’s Oscars. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others.
GKIDS also produces ANIMATION IS FILM, an annual LA-based film festival that embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression that the medium is capable of.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
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