In 1988, Studio Ghibli co-founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki released their films—Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro, respectively—simultaneously in theaters. A couple of decades later, they planned to release their final films in the same format. Miyazaki’s movie, The Wind Rises, premiered in Japan last year, and received an Oscar nomination. But Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya wasn’t ready in time for the planned joint release.
The movie ended up premiering at the Cannes film festival this year, and it’ll get a stateside release this fall. The Tale of Princess Kaguya is based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, the oldest surviving Japanese narrative, about a mysterious, possibly extraterrestrial girl who, as a baby, was found in the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.
This is Takahata’s first movie since 1999’s My Neighbors the Yamadas which, like Kaguya, doesn’t use the traditional anime visual style in its animation. Chloë Grace Moretz was cast as the title character last month, but the trailer doesn’t feature any voice work.
GKids will distribute The Tale of Princess Kaguya in theaters on October 17.