GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, announced it will bring GOODBYE, DON GLEES!, to cinemas nationwide this September. Produced by the acclaimed Studio Madhouse, the film is the first original feature from writer/director Atsuko Ishizuka, who previously directed the widely lauded series A Place Further Than The Universe. Continuing their partnership with Fathom Events, fan preview events for GOODBYE, DON GLEES! will play in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, September 14th (Japanese language), and Thursday, September 15th (English language dubbed). Fan preview events will be followed by a limited theatrical release in select markets nationwide by GKIDS starting Friday, September 16th.
GOODBYE, DON GLEES! follows the story of three friends over the course of one summer, as their backyard adventures turn one small incident to a life changing journey. It was domestically released in February 2022, and stars famed Japanese voice actors Ayumu Murase (Shoyo Hinata, Haikyu!!), Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro Kamado, Demon Slayer), Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori, Psycho-Pass), and Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger, Attack on Titan). GOODBYE, DON GLEES had its North American premiere at Anime Expo (Friday, July 1st).
Tickets will be on sale on Friday, August 5th at FathomEvents.com, GoodbyeDonGlees.com, and participating theater box offices. The ticket on-sale date may vary based on local cinemas, so please check back often. (Theaters and participants are subject to change).
Teen misfits Roma, Toto, and Drop call themselves the “Don Glees,” an informal name for their backyard adventures. One day, when the trio gets blamed for a nearby forest fire, they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. As disaster strikes their expedition, tensions flare between the friends as they realize that growing up has taken them on wildly different paths in life.
Director Atsuko Ishizuka follows up her critically acclaimed series A Place Further Than the Universe with her first original feature film. With luminescent animation and lush backdrops, Goodbye, Don Glees! is a tender coming-of-age story about the fearlessness of being young and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery.
Director/Writer: Atsuko Ishizuka
Art Director: Ayano Okamoto
Character Design: Takahiro Yoshimatsu
Animation Production: Madhouse
Cast: Ayumu Murase, Natsuki Hanae, Yuuki Kaji, Kana Hanazawa
Runtime: 95 minutes
GKIDS is the producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding 12 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, Mirai in 2019, and Wolfwalkers in 2021. 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; as well as the critically acclaimed television series, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. GKIDS also hosts ANIMATION IS FILM (AIF), an annual LA-based film festival which embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form, and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of the medium to its fullest range of artistic expressions. www.gkids.com
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