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Studio Ghibli Films To Stream Globally on Netflix Outside North America and Japan

Last year it was announced that Studio Ghibli had finally decided to enter the streaming age and their films would be coming to the upcoming streaming service HBO Max. It was a surprising move because the House That Totoro Built was well known for its traditionalist tendencies and had stubbornly refused to allow their films to be available on any digital platforms. However, the deal was only for the United States, leaving fans elsewhere out in the cold. How much longer would they have to wait?

Not long, as it turns out. In fact, audiences outside of the US will actually have access to Studio Ghibli films streaming before their American friends. Netflix have signed a deal to bring 21 films from Ghibli to the service starting from this February. The streamer has snagged international rights for the films, excluding the US, Canada and Japan.

The catalogue will be available subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20. Several of their titles have had multiple English dubs produced, and we're not quite sure which of these will be available.

Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli's renowned producer said, "In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences. We’ve listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue. We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience".

Excluded from the deal (and the HBO Max deal) is Grave Of The Fireflies, as the rights are held elsewhere, and Ghibli's first international co-production, The Red Turtle. 

The release schedule for the films is below.

AVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY 1

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)


AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 1

NausicaƤ 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)


AVAILABLE FROM APRIL 1

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)


[source: Netflix]