GKIDS is the indie animation distributor that has had a run of its pics up for Oscars the past few years with The Secret Of Kells (in 2010) and Chico & Rita and A Cat In Paris (both in 2012). The pact with digital distributor Cinedigm expands on the companies’ existing home entertainment partnerships and creates a new multiplatform label, with GKIDS continuing to distribute its films theatrically and Cinedigm handling all other distribution under the GKIDS brand.
The first title in the partnership is From Up On Poppy Hill, the latest from Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibl, which is distributed domestically via GKIDS. Poppy Hill, released in the U.S. in March, is directed by Miyazaki’s son Goro and is set in Yokohama in 1963 as Japan picks itself up from the devastation of World War II and prepares to host the Olympics. The English-language voice cast that including Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard and Chris Noth among others. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy executive produced, and a September 3 home vid release is planned.
Other new titles include Jean Francoise Laguionie’s The Painting, Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat, A Letter To Momo from Japan’s Production I.G, Ignacio Ferrera’s graphic novel adaptation Wrinkles, French hit Zarafa, and the documentary Approved For Adoption. A total of 11 titles rep the new label.