Still, this is a major achievement worth celebrating. These films are emblematic of the richness of the animation global animation scene. Even five years ago, it would have been inconceivable that there would be six foreign animated features from three different continents, produced in a variety of animation techniques and targeting vastly different audiences, that would all secure theatrical distribution in the United States in a two-month period. It’s happening now because there’s more animated features being produced than ever before, and there’s more American distributors willing to take a chance on global animation.And while the films haven’t exactly been setting the box office ablaze, they are performing well on their own terms. The GKIDS release of Mary and the Witch’s Flower, for example, has earned $2.3 million to date, more than doubling the gross of the previous GKIDS box office champ, From Up on Poppy Hill, which earned $1 million at the box office. (Mary’s office was boosted by a handful of special screenings through Fathom Events, suggesting that with innovative distribution models, an even larger, still-untapped audience exists for animated features.)