As reported last month, Netflix has started adding Studio Ghibli films to its streaming service for audiences outside North America and Japan beginning February 1st.
Until recently, the legendary Japanese animation company had long been averse to streaming. With this major move, however, fans in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America are finally able to enjoy beloved titles including Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro.
Netflix made the announcement in January that it acquired the rights to 21 films from the Academy Award-winning Japanese art house. For the first time ever, the expansive catalog of Studio Ghibli films will be subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20.
Meanwhile, WarnerMedia announced that it had obtained US streaming rights for the spring launch of HBO Max.
In related news, Studio Ghibli announced that it’s working on two new films. The studio also commented on its upcoming theme park, noting that “Ghibli Park has started earnest, we hope to be able to deliver a lot of excitement again this year.”