Studio Ghibli films heading to streaming (in the US)
Having previously stated that their films were never going to be 'available digitally', Studio Ghibli have signed a deal with HBO that will bring 21 of the animation studio's films to HBO Max in 2020.
At the launch of the network HBO Max will include Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.
Further films will be added later in the year.
“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the U.S.,” Studio Ghibli chairman Koji Hoshino said in a statement. “As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films. Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time.”
HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly added, “Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences. Exciting, enchanting, and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured people’s hearts around the world, and we are proud to showcase them in an accessible way for even more fans through HBO Max.”
Unfortunately for us, it's unlikely HBO Max will ever hit UK shores - HOWEVER, this does mean the precedent is there for another streaming platform to step in and bring them to us. Finger's crossed!
The full list of Studio Ghibli films coming to HBO Max are as follows.
- Castle in the Sky
- The Cat Returns
- From Up On Poppy Hill
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- My Neighbor Totoro
- My Neighbors the Yamadas
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Ocean Waves
- Only Yesterday
- Pom Poko
- Porco Rosso
- Princess Mononoke
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Spirited Away
- The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
- Tales From Earthsea
- When Marnie Was There
- Whisper of the Heart
- The Wind Rises