Netflix has gained the rights to 21 feature films from the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli for all regions outside the US, Canada, and Japan. The company will add the movies to its library in 2 batches beginning on February 1st.
Until very recently, Studio Ghibli has refused to offer digital versions of its content in any format. Despite this, last month the company began selling digital copies of its movies. Recently, WarnerMedia has announced that it has gotten US streaming rights for its upcoming spring launch of HBO Max.
"In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences. We've listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue. We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience" -Toshio Suzuki, Ghibli producer
With Netflix’s acquisition, the films will be available to watch across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the Americas. Netflix is subtitling the movies in 28 languages and providing new dubs for up to 20 languages, which is no small task. As with HBO Max, however, Netflix’s deal doesn’t cover Grave of the Fireflies, since Studio Ghibli unfortunately doesn’t have the publishing rights to that particular movie.
When are the Ghibli Movies coming to Netflix?
On March 1st, Netflix will add Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Arrietty, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.
Lastly, on April 1st, the service gets Pom Poko, Whisper of the Heart, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises, and When Marnie Was There.
Founded in 1985 by Japanese animated film directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli has produced twenty-two feature-length films that have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike for their creative visuals and epic storytelling. Anyone interested in purchasing some Studio Ghibli Merch can do so here at posterpagoda.com an authorized poster retailer.