Netflix acquires global streaming rights to Studio Ghibli movies

MUMBAI: Internet TV network Netflix has said it will release 21 films from the Academy Award-winning Japanese art house Studio Ghibli beginning 1st February. The films will be made available on the service globally (excluding US, Canada, Japan), through distribution partner Wild Bunch International, as part of the company’s continued efforts to grow its best-in-class library of animated films.

For the first time ever, this catalogue of Studio Ghibli films will be subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages. This partnership will enable fans in the 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.

Producer Toshio Suzuki at Studio Ghibli 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.”

Wild Bunch International CEO Vincent Maraval said, “In finding the best digital partner for Studio Ghibli, our most valuable and faithful collaborators for 20 years, the Netflix team convinced us with their consistent love and energy for finding the best ways to promote the incredible and unique catalogue worldwide with respect to the Studio Ghibli philosophy.”

Netflix director original animation Aram Yacoubian said, “This is a dream come true for Netflix and millions of our members. Studio Ghibli’s animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years. 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.”

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