Steven Universe Creator Rebecca Sugar to Provide Intro to U.S. Whisper of the Heart July Screenings
posted on by Kim Morrissy
GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart on July 1 and 2 in select U.S. theaters as part of its Studio Ghibli Fest 2019. The screenings will come with a special intro by Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, who is a long-time anime and Studio Ghibli fan.
GKIDS shared a quote from the character Nishii on its Twitter account that sounds like it'd fit right in to the Steven Universe series: "When you first become an artist you are like that rock. You're in a raw & natural state w/ hidden gems inside. You have to dig deep down & find the emeralds tucked away inside you."
"When you first become an artist you are like that rock. You're in a raw & natural state w/ hidden gems inside. You have to dig deep down & find the emeralds tucked away inside you."— GKIDS (@GKIDSfilms) May 30, 2019
Hear how WHISPER OF THE HEART inspires STEVEN UNIVERSE creator @RebeccaSugar in a special intro. pic.twitter.com/ROO0QLG5Fl
Sugar commented on the announcement on Twitter, where she called Whisper of the Heart her "absolute favorite movie."
I did an intro for my absolute favorite movie, Whisper of the Heart! I LOVE this film and I'm so honored to have had a chance to speak about it! 📚🎻💖🎶 https://t.co/WtCUBpbLez— Rebecca Sugar (@rebeccasugar) May 31, 2019
Sugar has made no secret of her fondness for Studio Ghibli and its associated creators in the past. In a 2013 interview, Sugar spoke of how Hayao Miyazaki's Future Boy Conan was an inspiration for the setting of the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe.
Whisper of the Heart first released in Japan in 1995, and is based on the 1989 manga of the same name by Aoi Hiiragi. It was directed by the late Yoshifumi Kondō and written by Hayao Miyazaki. It will be shown in select U.S. theaters on July 1 (English-language dubbed) and July 2 (subtitled). For more information about screening locations and tickets can be found on the Fathom Events website.
Source: GKIDS official Twitter account
Update: The original article attributed the Twitter quote to Rebecca Sugar. It's actually the character Nishii that says the line in the film. ANN regrets this error and has corrected it above.
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