Published: Tue, January 21, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Studio Ghibli Movies Coming To Netflix (Except For US/Canada/Japan)

Studio Ghibli Movies Coming To Netflix (Except For US/Canada/Japan)

The catalogue, which includes favourites like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, will be available to Netflix subscribers in all regions outside the US, Canada and Japan, starting from February 1.

As part of the deal, Netflix will subtitle the library in 28 languages as well as dub films in up to 20 languages.

Netflix has scheduled seven titles for a February 1 release, including "Tonari no Totoro" ("My Neighbor Totoro") and "Majo no Takkyubin" ("Kiki's Delivery Service").

Despite the films' global popularity, it appears they will decidedly not be available to North American or Japanese markets, as echoed by a statement from Netflix's director of original animation Aram Yacoubian. "Studio Ghibli's animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years".

The only Ghibli film that's not coming to Netflix is Grave of the Fireflies (1988), because Ghibli doesn't have the distribution rights to it.

But upon announcing its partnership, Ghibli producer Toshia Suzuki said the studio was finally embraced the streaming revolution and hoped to reach more audiences this way.

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Founded in 1985, Studio Ghibli is a world-renowned Japanese animation film studio.

Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata's breathtaking animation across 21 films have received an extraordinary reaction across the world, with six Oscar nominations including a win for Spirited Away in 2003.

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On March 1, the service will add Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001), The Cat Returns (2002), Arrietty (2010), and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013). "We've listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalog".

After that, 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".

Again, this seems most notable not necessarily for where the Studio's films will stream, but for the fact that they'll stream at all.

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