GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, announced today it will bring Goodbye Don Glees! to cinemas nationwide this September. Produced by the acclaimed Studio Madhouse, the film is the first original feature from writer/director Atsuko Ishizuka, who previously directed the widely lauded series A Place Further Than The Universe. Continuing their partnership with Fathom Events, fan preview events for Goodbye Don Glees! will play in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, September 14th (Japanese language), and Thursday, September 15th (English language dubbed). Fan preview events will be followed by a limited theatrical release in select markets nationwide by GKIDS starting Friday, September 16th.
Goodbye Don Glees! follows the story of three friends over the course of one summer, as their backyard adventures turn one small incident into a life-changing journey. It was domestically released in February 2022 and stars famed Japanese voice actors Ayumu Murase (Shoyo Hinata,” Haikyu!!”), Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro Kamado, “Demon Slayer”), Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori, “Psycho-Pass”), and Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger, “Attack on Titan”). Goodbye Don Glees will have its North American premiere at Anime Expo today (Friday, July 1st).
Tickets will be on sale on Friday, August 5th, at FathomEvents.com, GoodbyeDonGlees.com, and participating theater box offices. The ticket on-sale date may vary based on local cinemas, so please check back often. (Theaters and participants are subject to change).
Teen misfits Roma, Toto, and Drop call themselves the “Don Glees,” an informal name for their backyard adventures. One day, when the trio gets blamed for a nearby forest fire, they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. As disaster strikes their expedition, tensions flare between the friends as they realize that growing up has taken them on wildly different paths in life.
Director Atsuko Ishizuka follows up her critically acclaimed series A Place Further Than the Universe with her first original feature film. With luminescent animation and lush backdrops, Goodbye, Don Glees! is a tender coming-of-age story about the fearlessness of being young and the bittersweet journey of self-discovery.
Director/Writer: Atsuko Ishizuka
Art Director: Ayano Okamoto
Character Design: Takahiro Yoshimatsu
Animation Production: Madhouse
Cast: Ayumu Murase, Natsuki Hanae, Yuuki Kaji, Kana Hanazawa
Runtime: 95 minutes