Spirited Away to get new theatrical release

I was out of the house Sunday night so I set the old VCR timer to record the Oscars. Unfortunately I programmed it with the wrong channel. I guess that’s an argument for Tivo. But it was probably just as well, since I was able to catch up on the winners and speeches in 10 minutes instead of 3 hours.

The big news for me — more than Michael Moore’s rant, or Adrien Brody’s win for The Pianist — was that Spirited Away beat out Lilo & Stitch for Best Animated Feature. Now comes word that Disney will keep its promise to re-release Spirited Away to 800 theaters this week. Hopefully it can find an American audience.

Update: Box Office Mojo shows a 700-theater opening tomorrow. At least two theaters here in Austin.