Studio Ghibli is easily one of the most renowned animation studios of all time, with its body of work boasting Pixar-level qualities (though in a completely different way). Its founder, Hayao Miyazaki made a name for himself through the films he put out under this banner, and while Disney spent a good several years, putting out the movies stateside, back in 2017, GKIDS took over all U.S. distribution for the renowned library of movies.
As recently as yesterday, there were reports that these movies would never see the light of day on streaming services (with some outlets apparently not realizing how long Disney hasn’t been distributing these movies), and more specifically, they wouldn’t be showing up on Disney+ in spite of the history of the House of Mouse has with Ghibli.
Now, it has been announced that all 21 of these films will be heading exclusively to HBO Max.
“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS and truTV, in a statement. “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.”
“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the US. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films,” added Koji Hoshino, chairman of Studio Ghibli. “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.”
I’m sure the grumpy-ass Hayao Miyazaki is grumbling at this announcement — as he is notoriously against a lot of modern advancements of any kind — but it’s great news for us fans who have been hoping for easier access to these delightful movies.
Here is a full list of all the movies!
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
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Tales From Earthsea
When Marnie Was There
Whisper of the Heart
The Wind Rises
That’s a lot of movies, and as much of a fan I am, there are still a few movies I need to check out, like When Marnie Was There and Ocean Waves. If you want to check out one of the studio’s criminally-underrated movies, I’d check out Whisper of the Heart.
Are you excited to have access to these films? Let us know down below!
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