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Disney Aquires Sen to Chihiro

posted on 2002-03-01 11:44 EST
May be in theatres as early as July

According to an article in Screen Daily Magazine Walt Disney Co. has aquired the North American rights to Hayao Miyazaki's Sen to Chihiro. Sen to Chihiro, which has already been licenced by Disney in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and France, and by other companies in the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy and Russia, recently won the prestigeous Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival.

Although Sen to Chihiro is already the most successful non-U.S. produced film in the world, it is very possible that the Golden Bear award was the catalyst that propelled Disney to finally aquire rights to the film after stalling on the issue for several months.

According to he Screen Daily article, after being highly criticized for the way they handled Mononoke, Disney is working to quickly on releasing Sen to Chihiro to theatres, possibly as early as July this year. They have contracted Pixar's John Lasseter to serve as a creative consultant on the English dub, however no voice actors / actresses have yet to be announced.

In the seven months since it's Japanese theatrical release, Sen to Chihiro has earned 30 billion yen (US$226 million), a Japanese box office record. TOHO has announced, that in order to celebrate Sen's Golden Bear, the movie will receive an "encore" release to 130 screens starting next weekend.

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