EDA Awards’ Best Animated Film Awarded to ‘The Boy and the Heron’
Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film,
The Boy and the Heron
Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka
or in translation
How Do You Live?
) was honored with the Best Animated Film award by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists during their EDA Awards ceremony held on December 31st.
The illustrious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added Joe Hisaishi to their 2024 Oscars shortlist in the Music (Original Score) category for his work on the movie. The film has also made the shortlist for the London Critics’ Circle’s 2024 awards. On December 21, the film received the Best Picture award from the Florida Film Critics Circle, marking the inaugural win for an animated feature in this category. Additionally, the film was awarded Best Animated Film and Best Score.
It has also earned a Best International Filmmaker nomination for Hayao Miyazaki at the Astra Film & Creative Arts Awards. Further honours include the Best Animation award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. The Boston Society of Film Critics also bestowed their Animated Feature award on the film.
The film premiered in Japan on July 14, attracting an audience of over a million in the first few days and raked in about US$13.2 million. Over the Marine Day holiday weekend from July 17th, the movie sold 1.353 million tickets, generating 2.149 billion yen (approximately US$15.53 million). The movie is now ranked as the 71st highest-grossing film in Japan’s history and the third highest-grossing Japanese movie in 2023, earning a massive 8.66 billion yen (about US$61.4 million).
In its debut weekend, the film topped the U.S. box office, making US$12,836,313. According to a Variety report, it was the first original anime production to achieve this feat.
This is also the maiden Studio Ghibli movie that was released concurrently in IMAX. It’s also available in Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X formats.
Miyazaki took up multiple roles for this project – original idea, directing, and scriptwriting. Joe Hisaishi, renowned for his work on Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, andMy Neighbor Totoro, composed the music for the film. The theme song “Chikyūgi” (Globe) was performed by Kenshi Yonezu, known for his contributions to anime shows like Chainsaw Man, My Hero Academia, and March comes in like a lion.