Netflix Welcomes Studio Ghibli Animations

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Netflix welcomed celebrated Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli to its Canadian platform inJune this year. The streaming service reported that it would start showing several films from the iconic animation studio. However, users in the US, Japan, and Canada will not access these animations as they will not be available there. They also stated that the launch of Studio Ghibli Animations would be in phases. The studio’s 21 films are now on Netflix.  


Studio Ghibli Animations fans will enjoy some of their best titles. Among the films you can stream include Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. The launch is a milestone as it represents the first time Studio Ghibli’s content has been launched on a global digital platform. 


The animation studio was launched in 1985 by animated film directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki. Their productions are liked for their unique storytelling, magnificent direction, and unique visual style. Studio Ghibli Animations has also been nominated for many Academy Awards. One of its cofounders Miyazaki was once recognized by Time Magazine as one of the most influential persons in the world. The initial 20 titles from the animations studio were launched on June 25th on Netflix. The Wind Rises was accessible from August 1st. Through its director of original animation Aram Yacoubian, Netflix revealed that they were thrilled to have the chance to avail of the legendary animations to their viewers around the world. They also announced that the animations would be available in several languages in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Studio Ghibli was shut down in 2014 when Miyazaki announced his retirement. However, recent
developments suggest that the studio is looking to adopt a different business model from the stringent theatre-only distribution. Among the developments is the construction of Ghibli theme park, which is expected to be launched in 2022. There are also talks of a Miyazaki film eing
worked on. 


The more than 150 million viewers from around the world, Netflix is the ideal partner to help Ghilbi create a new generation of fans from around the world. Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghilbi, stated in a prepared statement that they (Studio Ghibli) appreciate the world has changed, and there are different ways for films to reach audiences. He also revealed that the decision to stream their movies on streaming giant Netflix was arrived at after listening keenly to their fans. The greatest hope is that the global fans will have an opportunity to discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this new experience. 

The films are in Japanese but with subtitles allowing fans that don’t understand Japanese to enjoy the proceedings. Studio Ghibli Animations fans worldwide celebrated the move because initially, the studio was hesitant to let its films be available for streaming on digital platforms.

They seem to have adapted to changing times when they returned in 2017 from a five-year break to work on Miyazaki’s film, How Do I Live.  Ghibli animation fans in the US can access the animations from HBO Max of WernerMedia, who secured the streaming rights. This new approach will open up Studio Ghibli Animations to the rest of the world.

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