Elysian is thrilled to announce the FIRST EVER STUDIO GHIBLI IMAX RELEASE for “The Boy and The Heron”

The Boy and The Heron set to preview in IMAX on the 20th Dec, before a wide IMAX release on the 5th Jan. Tickets for preview on sale NOW.

“The Boy and The Heron”, the new masterpiece from Academy Award® winner Hayao Miyazaki, will become the first ever Studio Ghibli film to be released in IMAX theatres, and the film’s hand painted 2D animation up on an IMAX screen is a breathtaking sight to behold. “The Boy and The Heron” will preview in IMAX cinemas, for which the film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Prepare for an exclusive sneak peek into the world of “The Boy and The Heron” with special IMAX previews scheduled for December 20th, 2023. Be among the first to experience the magic that unfolds on the colossal IMAX screen, before it expands wide on January 5th 2024. Tickets on sale now.

THE BOY AND THE HERON, is the highly anticipated new Studio Ghibli feature from the Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, releasing in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Boxing Day, Tuesday 26th December 2023. The critically-acclaimed new work from Miyazaki is his first in ten years, following his 2013 feature, The Wind Rises, and has been ten years in the making. The IMAX release heralds another cause for celebration, with no Studio Ghibli film before being screened in this special way.

THE BOY AND THE HERON is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro). Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki’s long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film “Spinning Globe” was written and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.

The English language dubbed version of the film features the voices of Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari, Amsterdam, The Pale Blue Eye), Dave Bautista (Dune, Guardians of the Galaxy), Gemma Chan (The Creator, Eternals, Crazy Rich Asians), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate, The Florida Project), Karen Fukuhara (The Boys, Suicide Squad), Mark Hamill (The Machine, House of Usher), Robert Pattinson (The Batman, Tenet, upcoming Mickey 17), and Florence Pugh (Oppenheimer, Black Widow, Little Women). Luca Padovan joins the cast as Mahito Maki, and Mamoudou Athie, Tony Revolori, and Dan Stevens are featured as the Parakeets.

Both OV Japanese and English dubbed versions will be available during the theatrical release.