It’s a great day for Netflix users outside of North America and Japan, as the streaming giant acquired exclusive streaming rights to the back catalogue of Studio Ghibli films.
Netflix will add 21 iconic films from the Japanese animated studio over the coming months with the first wave of titles set to arrive on February 1, 2020. So get set to stream classics like My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle for the first time.
Here are the dates along with the Studio Ghibli titles:
- February 1, 2020: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Ocean Waves, Tales from Earthsea.
- March 1, 2020: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Arrietty, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.
- April 1, 2020: Pom Poko, Whisper of the Heart, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises, When Marnie Was There.
As part of the deal, Netflix will provide subtitles in 28 languages and dub the films in 20 languages.
“This is a dream come true for Netflix and millions of our members,” said Aram Yacoubian, Netflix’s Director of Original Animation.
“Studio Ghibli’s animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years. We’re excited to make them available in more languages across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia — so that more people can enjoy this whimsical and wonderful world of animation.”
If you’re unfamiliar with Studio Ghibli, the film company is often referred to as the ‘Disney of Japan,’ known for its whimsical stories and hand-drawn art style that’s continued even during the rise of CGI.
To date, Studio Ghibli’s films have received six Oscar nominations in the animated feature category, winning one in 2003 for Spirited Away.
For those of you within North American, HBO’s upcoming streaming service picked up your local Ghibli streaming rights.