The catalog of Japan’s Oscar-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, will finally be available to download. The collection includes “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,” and “Whisper of the Heart.” The movie “The Wind Rises” will be available in 2020.
Pre-orders go live on December 3rd on all platforms, including Apple and Prime Video, and the movies will release on December 17th. The studio also announced that the films will be available to purchase in both English and Japanese languages on all major digital transactional platforms.
This marks the first time the Studio Ghibli films will be available for digital transactional anywhere in the world. GKIDS previously announced an exclusive US streaming deal with HBO Max for the Studio Ghibli library starting in May 2020.
Studio Ghibli has been a prominent animation studio for the last thirty years. The studio rose to glory under animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and with producer Toshio Suzuki. Over the years, the studio has won dozens of 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.
The Studio Ghibli catalogue will be available to own digitally in HD for the suggested retail price of $19.99 per film. A six-film bundle of some of the studio’s most popular titles, featuring Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, will be offered by platforms for a suggested retail price of $99.99.
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