Studio Ghibli fans rejoice! It has been announced that beloved classics from the Japanese animation studio will soon be available for streaming on HBO Max from Spring 2020.
This partnership between Studio Ghibli and HBO Max marks the first time Ghibli films have ever been legally available for streaming.
Fans will be able to enjoy a number of films from the Ghibli catalogue, from the award-winning Spirited Away to The Wind Rises, the last film from the studio directed by Hayao Miyazaki himself.
The deal was struck by WarnerMedia and Ghibli’s American distributor GKids, and with such a wide selected of beloved animated movies, HBO Max might actually have a foot in the streaming battle against competitors like Disney+ which will release with an already large library of Pixar and Disney films.
Here is the entire list of Ghibli Movies that will be available on HBO Max:
- 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
- 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
- The Wind Rises
As of right now, WarnerMedia has already secured the rights to a number of important intellectual properties including Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and The West Wing. HBO Max will also be the exclusive streaming home for upcoming Sesame Street episodes.
We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the U.S. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films,” Koji Hoshino, chairman of Studio Ghibli, shared with Variety in a statement. “Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able to enjoy their favourites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time.”
Although there is no confirmed subscription fee or launch date, there have been rumours that suggest HBO Max will be priced around US$15 to US$17, and is expected to launch sometime in April 2020.