A Master’s Swan Song: Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy and the Heron’ First Official Trailer

A master of animated storytelling returns as Hayao Miyazaki unveils his first feature film in 10 years, The Boy and the Heron. Anticipation has reached a fever pitch ahead of its North American, European, and UK premieres. Thanks to GKIDS, we now get our first glimpse of this mysterious creation with a fresh teaser trailer.

A Global Debut Awaits

Kept under wraps until its Japanese release this past July, The Boy and the Heron is ready to spread its wings for a global audience. The movie is set to premiere at some of the most prestigious film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival in North America, the 61st New York Film Festival in the U.S., the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Europe, and the BFI London Film Festival in the UK.

Key Release Dates

Fans should mark their calendars for November 22, when the film will enjoy a limited U.S. release. Following that, it’s all systems go for a broader release across the nation and Canada on December 8, even gracing IMAX screens. Echoing the tradition of previous Studio Ghibli titles, The Boy and the Heron will offer versions in both its original Japanese with English subtitles and a newly dubbed English version.

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Dive into the Official Synopsis

While I won’t go into explicit details for those who prefer to experience the magic untainted, here’s the official synopsis courtesy of GKIDS: “A young boy named Mahito, yearning for his mother, ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning. A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.”

Your Sneak Peek Awaits

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The Boy and the Heron is scheduled to open in theaters and IMAX from GKIDS on December 8. Keep your eyes peeled; this could be the swan song of a master or yet another milestone in a storied career.