Netflix Picks Up International Streaming Rights to 21 Studio Ghibli Films

Deal excludes US, Canada and Japan

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Japanese art house Studio Ghibli has found a home on Netflix.

Starting Feb. 1, 21 films from the Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli will be available on Netflix through distribution partner Wild Bunch International, the streaming platform announced Sunday.

The deal excludes the U.S., Canada and Japan. HBO Max acquired the U.S. rights to the animated library last year, with the films debuting on the platform in the spring of this year.

Studio Ghibli’s catalogue, which will include Academy Award-winner “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Arrietty,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” will be subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages.

“In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences,” producer Toshio Suzuki at Studio Ghibli said in a statement. “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.”

Director of Original Animation at Netflix Aram Yacoubian added: “This is a dream come true for Netflix and millions of our members. 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.”

Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed animation studios in the world, having brought content to the forefront for the last 30 years. “Spirited Away” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002, while “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “The Wind Rises,” “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” and “When Marnie Was There” were all nominated for an Oscar. Director and co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and he will also receive a tribute with a special exhibit of his artwork when the Academy Museum opens in 2020.

See the release schedule for Studio Ghibli films on Netflix below.

  • Feb. 1, 2020:

    • “Castle in the Sky” (1986), “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988), “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (1989), “Only Yesterday” (1991), “Porco Rosso” (1992), “Ocean Waves” (1993), “Tales From Earthsea” (2006)

  • March 1, 2020:

    • “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” (1984), “Princess Mononoke” (1997), “My Neighbors the Yamadas” (1999), “Spirited Away” (2001), “The Cat Returns” (2002), “Arrietty” (2010), “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” (2013)

  • April 1, 2020:

    • “Pom Poko” (1994), “Whisper of the Heart” (1995), “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004), “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” (2008), “From Up on Poppy Hill” (2011), “The Wind Rises” (2013), “When Marnie Was There” (2014)