Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective


OMSI Studio Ghibli Retrospective


Over a period of nearly 30 years, Japan's Studio Ghibli established itself as perhaps the world's finest producer of animated motion pictures. With a reputation for lush visuals, attention to detail and epic storytelling, Studio Ghibli eschewed commercial success to create intelligent, poetic, often fanciful films that embrace family, community, and a deep concern for the environment and our relationship with nature.


In dedication to some of the most magical and beloved animated movies ever made, the Empirical Theater is pleased to host our third annual Studio Ghibli Retrospective from January 11 through January 21. On exhibit are twelve films including such popular favorites as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away.


New to this year's program are Isao Takahata's Pom Poko – a cautionary environmental story and raucous exploration of Japanese folklore – and the 1995 romantic drama Whisper of the Heart from Yoshifumi Kondō who unexpectedly died three years later leaving Whisper as his only full-length feature.


Please review the individual film listings or the schedule below for more information on show times and corresponding language version. The format for all film screenings is DCP.



Ticket prices for each show are as follows:

$7 Adult / $6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)

OMSI members receive $1 off


Tickets may be purchased online at, at the OMSI front desk, or by telephone at 503-797-4000.




Thursday, January 11

6:30pm  Whisper of the Heart (Dub)

9:00pm  Spirited Away (Subt)


Friday, January 12

6:30pm  The Cat Returns (Dub)

8:00pm  Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Dub)

10:00pm Princess Mononoke (Subt)


Saturday, January 13

4:00pm   Kiki's Delivery Service (Dub)


Sunday, January 14

4:00pm  My Neighbor Totoro (Dub)

5:45pm  The Secret World of Arrietty (Dub)

7:45pm  Howl's Moving Castle (Subt)


Monday, January 15

4:00pm  Ponyo (Dub)

6:00pm  Spirited Away (Subt)

8:15pm  Whisper of the Heart (Subt)


Wednesday, January 17

6:30pm  Pom Poko (Dub)

8:45pm  Howl's Moving Castle (Subt)


Thursday, January 18

6:30pm  The Cat Returns (Subt)

8:15pm  Grave of the Fireflies (Subt)


Friday, January 19

7:00pm  Princess Mononoke (Dub)

9:30pm  Pom Poko (Subt)


Saturday, January 20

4:00pm   My Neighbor Totoro (Dub)

5:45pm   The Secret World of Arrietty (Dub)

7:30pm   Howl's Moving Castle (Dub)

9:45pm   Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Subt)


Sunday, January 21

4:00pm  Ponyo (Dub)

6:00pm  Spirited Away (Dub)