Netflix to Stream All Studio Ghibli Films — But Only Outside the U.S.

/Film | 1/20/2020 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Netflix to Stream All Studio Ghibli Films — But Only Outside the U.S.

Studio Ghibli has been notoriously resistant to streaming — until three months ago, when HBO Max scooped up the U.S. streaming rights to all of the classic anime films from Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and more. But what about the Studio Ghibli movies streaming rights for everywhere else? Netflix, ever the opportunist, has snapped up those global streaming rights, debuting all 21 Ghibli features on its streaming service this February in every country except the U.S., Canada, and — ironically — Japan.

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Variety broke the news that Netflix has won the global Studio Ghibli streaming rights, officially putting an end to the studio’s long-held policy that it would not release its beloved animated films for streaming. That policy was already broken back in October, when HBO Max became the first-ever platform to gain the streaming rights to Studio Ghibli films, which include the Oscar-winning Spirited Away as well as other classics like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. But not to be one-upped, Netflix has snapped up the global streaming rights and will debut all 21 Ghibli films on its service in February, with the exception of the U.S., Canada, and Japan.

It is a little ironic that the home country of Ghibli is the only one without the means to stream its movies, but Ghibli has long championed a strategy of maintaining the...
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