January 20, 2020
Netflix announced that on Feb. 1, 21 films from Studio Ghibli, the Academy Award-winning Japanese arthouse, will be made available on the service globally (excluding the U.S., Canada and Japan) through distribution partner Wild Bunch International.
For the first time ever, the expansive catalog of Studio Ghibli films will be subtitled in 28 languages, and dubbed in up to 20 languages.
This partnership will enable fans in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America to enjoy classics, such as Academy Award-winner Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Arrietty, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, among others, in their native languages.
“In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences,” Toshio Suzuki at Studio Ghibli said in a statement. “We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience.”
Aram Yacoubian, director of original animation at Netflix, called the deal “a dream come true” for Netflix subscribers.
“Studio Ghibli’s animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years,” said Yacoubian. “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.”
The release schedule for Studio Ghibli films on Netflix:
February 1, 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)
March 1, 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)
April 1, 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)