No Export for You: Disney, Studio Ghibli's usual distributor in North America, neglected to pick up this movie, leaving it's international future undetermined. Of course, this raised heavy speculation on whether Disney wouldn't want the rights to Poppy Hill due to certain themes clashing with their family-friendly image, or they just didn't think it was "fantasy"-esque enough to be profitable.
Which is strange since they recently bought Star Wars which has the exact same theme where they even kiss, while in Poppy Hill they just hold hands, the horror! ( plus it's subverted)
Averted when GKIDS, an independent animation distribution company that had previously received theatrical rights to most of the Ghibli films, picked up Poppy Hill and prepared a dub for it. The movie had a theatrical release at March 15th, 2013, with a DVD and Blu-Ray release following September 3rd the same year.