Great news for Studio Ghibli fans (who is isn’t one?). Netflix has just obtained the rights to stream almost every major Studio Ghibli release in the coming months starting from the Castle in the Sky (1986) going all the way to When Marnie Was There (2014). For a change, South Africa is on the lucky list as the license does not cover North America or Japan but everywhere else including SA, Europe, and Australasia.
The library will start to roll out in February with the first seven movies added to the roster. In March another seven will be added and in April the remaining seven.
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1 February 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)
1 March 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)
1 April 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).
The films will feature 28 different subtitle languages and dubbed in up to 20 different languages.
Aram Yacoubian, Netflix’s director of original animation expressed his excitement saying “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.”
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