HBO Max added Japan’s Oscar-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, to its slate of premium content that will be available at launch in the spring of 2020. With the new deal, HBO Max will be the US streaming home to the entire Studio Ghibli film library. The agreement with North American distributor GKIDS for the twenty-one Studio Ghibli feature films marks the first time these films have been licensed to a streaming platform. Available at the launch of the service will be the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Ponyo,” “Castle in the Sky,” “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” and more.
“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Exciting, enchanting, and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured people’s hearts around the world, and we are proud to showcase them in an accessible way for even more fans through HBO Max.”
“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the US. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films,” said Koji Hoshino, Chairman of Studio Ghibli. “Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time.”
Studio Ghibli rose to fame with animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and producer Toshio Suzuki. Since the studio’s debut over 30 years ago, the studio’s films have won countless international awards, including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for “Spirited Away,” as well as four additional Academy Award nominations for “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “The Wind Rises,” “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” and “When Marnie Was There.” Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will pay tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opens in 2020.
Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed catalog of films include “Castle in the Sky,” “The Cat Returns,” “From Up On Poppy Hill,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “My Neighbors the Yamadas,” “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” “Ocean Waves,” “Only Yesterday,” “Pom Poko,” “Ponyo,” “Porco Rosso,” “Princess Mononoke,” “The Secret World of Arrietty,” “Spirited Away,” “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” “Tales From Earthsea,” “When Marnie Was There,” “Whisper of the Heart,” and “The Wind Rises,” which is launching Fall 2020.
Other projects in the works at HBO Max include a “Grease Musical” series, Other Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira in “UNpregnant,” a “Gossip Girl” reboot, the new “Doctor Who” series’ streaming rights, “The Flight Attendant,” “Love Life,” “Station Eleven,” “Made for Love,” “Dune: The Sisterhood,”several shows from Ellen DeGeneres, and an animated “Gremlins” show.
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