Netflix Earns Streaming Rights to Entire Studio Ghibli Catalog (Outside the US)

All 21 animated movies in the Studio Ghibli catalog are headed to Netflix. Unfortunately though, not for viewers in the United States – where the rights belong to HBO Max and streaming will begin in spring of 2020.

Starting in February, Netflix subscribers who live outside the US, Japan and Canada. This agreement comes after their agreement last October with HBO Max – both surprising after the company insisted their films wouldn’t come to streaming platforms.

Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki issued a statement on the deal, saying “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 catalog. We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience.”

One of the most respected animation studios, Studio Ghibli is home to an impressive library of award winning films (with six Oscar nominations), including Kiki’s Delivery Service, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Pom Poko, Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, The Wind Rises, and Pom Poko. The studio has been on a break for five years, but a new film is currently in production.