Fans of Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli films should get excited: Netflix have announced that they will start to show 21 of his masterpieces starting next month!
The streaming service said yesterday that the 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 beloved classics, such as Oscar-winner Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and My Neighbour Totoro, among others, in their native languages.
Acknowledging the huge range of means viewers have available to experience movies, producer Toshio Suzuki at Studio Ghibli said, “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”.
The first set of films, which will be available from February 1, are Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales from Earthsea (2006).
From March 1, fans will be able to catch Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001) which won the 2003 Academy Award for best animated feature, The Cat Returns (2002), Arrietty (2010), and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013).
The final batch to be released on April 1 (not an April Fool’s joke. We hope) is 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), and When Marnie Was There (2014).