Studio Ghibli films will hit Netflix internationally next month– simply not in North America

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    Netflix is the brand-new home of the Studio Ghibli collection, the company announced out of Singapore on Monday. If you live in North America, you’ll have to look in other places.

    Starting on Feb. 1, 21 movies from the Studio Ghibli collection will begin rolling out on the streaming service globally, excluding the U.S., Canada, and Japan. The particular titles and the launch dates are as follows:

    Feb. 1, 2020

    Castle in the Sky (1986)
    My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    Kiki’s Shipment 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 Next-door Neighbors, the Yamadas (1999)
    Spirited Away(2001)
    The Feline Returns (2002)
    The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

    April 1, 2020

    Pom Poko(1994)
    Whisper of the Heart (1995)
    Groan’s Moving Castle (2004)
    Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008)
    From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
    The Wind Increases (2013)
    When Marnie Existed (2014)

    “This is a dream becoming a reality for Netflix and millions of our members,” Aram Yacoubian, director of original animation at Netflix, said in a declaration. “Studio Ghibli’s animated films are famous and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years. We’re delighted to make them available in more languages throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia– so that more individuals can enjoy this whimsical and terrific world of animation.”

    My Neighbor Totoro will mesmerize today’s kids as much as

    North American fans questioning when they’ll get an opportunity to watch the films of Hayao Miyazaki and his collaborators with the click of a button may recall that, last October, Warner Media revealed an offer to bring the animated classics to its brand-new HBO Max platform. The streaming service is expected to release in May.

    In 2014, Studio Ghibli closed down following the announcement of Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement. However, with a Ghibli theme park under construction, strategies to open in 2022, and a brand-new Miyazaki movie in the works, there’s a reason that Ghibli may finally back down from its rigorous theatrical-only distribution model to reinvigorate its service. With well over 150 million subscribers worldwide, Netflix becomes the obvious partner to cultivate a new generation of Ghibli fans. Except for Americans: They’ll have to register for a brand-new service. Welcome to the streaming wars.


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