In 1967, Shinchosha published a short story named Grave of the Fireflies as a novel written by Akiyuki Nosaka. 21 years later, Grave of the Fireflies turned into a film directed by Isao Takahata, animated by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Bandai Visual (under their Emotion subsidiary) and Toho. Shinchosha decided to disguise themselves as Shinchosha 1988 in order to produce the film. The film was released in Japanese theaters on April 16, 1988. It was licensed and released in North America as a subtitled VHS by Central Park Media on June 2, 1993, and later a 2-disc DVD by the same company in the same region, with the 1st disc featuring an English dub produced by Skypilot Entertainment and the original Japanese with English subtitles. The 2nd disc contained a retrospective on the author of the original book, an interview with the director, and an interview with critic Roger Ebert, who had expressed his admiration for the film on several occasions and ranked the film as one of the greatest of all time. Following the April 27, 2009 bankruptcy and liquidation of Central Park Media, ADV Films acquired the North American and re-released it on DVD on July 7, 2009, followed by former CPM titles such as MD Geist, Now and Then, Here and There and The World of Narue. Following the September 1, 2009 shutdown and rebranding of ADV, their successor, Sentai Filmworks, rescued the film and re-released it a remastered DVD on March 6, 2012 and plans on releasing the film on digital outlets. A Blu-ray edition was released on November 20, 2012, featuring an all-new English dub produced by Seraphim Digital.StudioCanal released a Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on July 1, 2013, followed by a Kiki's Delivery Service release on that same format. (This was done because StudioCanal has a deal with Studio Ghibli in the UK.) However, Madman Entertainment (who also has a deal with Studio Ghibli except in Australia and New Zealand) who released a DVD in Australia and New Zealand, remains unmentioned in content 6 of the Grave of the FirefliesWikipedia article.
Grave of the Fireflies is the first Studio Ghibli film that Disney never had distribution rights to in North America, since the film was not produced by parent company Tokuma Shoten (though Disney handles North American distribution of all Tokuma Shoten-produced Studio Ghibli films) but by Shinchosha, the publisher of the original short story (as mentioned; although Disney has the Japanese distribution rights themselves).