Spirited Away Coming Back to U.S. Theaters This December

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's critically-acclaimed animated film "Spirited Away" is returning to U.S. theaters this December.

Fathom Events, in partnership with GKIDS, are bringing back the Academy Award-winning film to over 400 movies theaters. The special event will only last two days - Sunday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. (English dubbed version) and Monday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. (English subtitled version), both local time dates. Visit Fathom Events' website for the full list of participating theater locations.

In addition to the announcement, the North American premiere of Studio Ghibili's animated short film, "Ghiblies: Episode 2," will show following "Spirited Away."

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"Spirited Away" first debuted in Japan in 2001 and was released the following year in the United States. The movie follows ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino's journey after accidentally wandering into a magical world filled with witches, dragons and spirits. Many fans and critics alike consider the film to be the best animated feature of all time.

"We are excited to bring Hayao Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away' to cinemas for its 15th Anniversary," Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said in a statement. "This Academy Award-winning film still resonates as a true animation masterpiece and will be a joy to experience on the big screen."

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