‘Princess Mononoke’ returns to theaters for 2 nights only this January

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We’re celebrating Hayao Miyazaki’s birthday with ‘Princess Mononoke’ and a special surprise.

Studio Ghibli has never been shy about tackling tough issues in children’s entertainment, and Princess Mononoke is perhaps the studio’s grittiest feature. It’s also one of its most meaningful.

The beautifully animated movie looks deep into the heart of the conflict between humans hungry for resources and the old gods of the natural world. It’s raw and sometimes bloody, but it carries a heartfelt message about compassion and conservation. Most people who watch Princess Mononoke find it entirely unforgettable. 


Now fans of the film are getting another chance to see it on the big screen. To celebrate iconic director Hayao Miyazaki’s 76th birthday and the 20th anniversary of Princess Mononoke, Fathom Events is screening the film in select theaters across the U.S. 

Tickets are now available for a subtitled screening in the original Japanese on Jan. 5 and a dubbed screening in theaters on Jan. 9. You can look here for showtimes in your area. 

Studio Ghibli fans may find this opportunity especially enticing, because as a special treat, the Fathom Event will include a screening of Miyazaki’s 1995 music video “On Your Mark,” which has never been released in North America. 

While we love revisiting the very best of Studio Ghibli’s work, we’re even more excited that Miyazaki has decided to come out of retirement—again—to work on one last feature film. 

H/T The Mary Sue

Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber is the former editor of Daily Dot’s Parsec section, where she wrote about geek culture. She previously worked as a reporter and editor at community newspapers in the Midwest and was recognized by the Ohio Associated Press for news reporting.