Walnut Creek Cinemark Theaters has hosted the Studio Ghibli Movie Festival since 2017, where they showcase different Japanese animated films produced by Studio Ghibli. From now until December, they will be celebrating the Japanese animated film studio, which is critically acclaimed for its beautiful animation, music, and storytelling. Studio Ghibli has been around for about 34 years, and still giving life to new worlds. How Do You Live? is currently in the works, with an expected release date in 2020.

      On September 29th and 30th The Secret World of Arrietty will be in theatres. The creators drew inspiration from a concept that Mary Norton explores in her novel, The Borrowers. They are tiny people who take things from humans that won’t be missed, like a sugar cube or a button. 

     One of the more well-known Studio Ghibli films, Spirited Away tells the tale of ten year old Chihiro Ogino, a fallen victim to the rules of the spirit world. In order to take back her life and save the ones she loves, Chihiro must trust herself and the people who want to help her return home. The showings of Spirited Away will take place on October 27th, 28th, and 30th. 

     The movie Princess Mononoke takes place in 14th century Japan where gods live among humans. After a war erupts due to a mix of human greed and fear, Prince Ashitaka must navigate between the human army and the wolf gods in order to cure a curse inflicted upon him by a god who has suddenly become deranged. Princess Mononoke shows on the 17th, 18th, and 20th of November. 

      The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is the final film this year, and is in theatres on December 16th and 18th. In this movie, a bamboo farmer finds a doll-like girl within a glowing bamboo shoot and decides to raise her with his wife. As Kaguya grows into a young woman, she struggles to live her life to the fullest, due to her adoptive father’s crushing expectations. 

      There are multiple screening days for each film, so find a day that works with your schedule to go see these movies. Double check if that day is showing the movie in Japanese with English subtitles, or with English audio playing over the film, also known as dubbing. It may comfort you to know that Studio Ghibli’s English dubbed versions are known as some of the best, especially the dubbing of Princess Mononoke. Studio Ghibli Movie Festival is a great opportunity to watch some quality films, so perhaps you’d like to immerse yourself in another world for a few short hours.