Netflix announced that from February 1st it will stream 21 films from the Japanese film studio, Studio Ghibli. The films will be available for international users, except from those that live in the United States of America, Canada and Japan; since the study distributes the copyright in Japan and in North America they are broadcasted on HBO Max platform. It is the first time that a catalogue of subtitles in 28 languages and dubbing in 20 of them will be offered. The only film in his repertoire that is not included is Grave of the Fireflies, because the studio itself has no property rights of the tape.
Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer, published in a statement, that the decision was made after fans claimed more accessibility to the animated films. Thanks to this new partnership with Netflix, thousands of followers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America would enjoy these classics in their native language. Some of the movies found on the web are «Chihiro’s Journey», «My Neighbor Totoro» and «Princess Mononoke».
Aram Yacoubian, director of Original Animation at Netflix, who considers the study as his own source of inspiration and pioneer in great quality animation, commented that “it is a dream come true for Netflix and for millions of our members. The animated films of Studio Ghibli are legendary and have conquered audiences around the world for over 35 years. We are excited and proud of the opportunity for them (the animated films) to be available in more languages in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia, so that more people can enjoy the wonderful world of animation. ”
Below you can check the calendar of the movies’ premieres: