Yes, you heard right; all 21 Studio Ghibli films will be coming to the streaming service starting on February 1.
No more rooting around in Blu-ray cases - now you can watch your favourite Ghibli films with the utmost convenience. Well, if you have a Netflix account that is. If not, bugger off, this isn't for you.
Netflix has snapped up the global streaming rights to the Ghibli library in its entirety - well almost. Everywhere that's not North America and Japan at least. The catalogue won't all drop at once. Instead, Netflix will drip feed the content to us over the course of a few months, because it knows what we're like with binge-watching probably, and 21 films back-to-back is just a medical emergency waiting to happen. The paramedics will find you dying of thirst and starvation sitting on a chair that's composed entirely of your own shit.
With such a huge audience, the films will be made available with subtitles in 28 languages and dubs in 20.
"This is a dream come true for Netflix and millions of our members," said Aram Yacoubian, Netflix's director of original animation. "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."
If you're surprised at Studio Ghibli's agreeableness at digital distribution, you're not the only one, but let's just be thankful that it's embraced the need for streaming because that's how the majority of its fanbase consumes content nowadays.
"In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences," said Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. "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."
The streaming schedule kicks off like so:
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
If you're already a fan, or are acquainted with one, you'll recognise the more popular titles on the list, like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. But if you've been sleeping on Porco Rosso, or Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, you're in for a treat. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Feature image credit: Studio Ghibli/Netflix via THR