GeekGround Studio Ghibli films coming to Netflix!

Edited: 1/20/20 1:19 PM
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Studio Ghibli, the venerable anime studio notorious for retaining the digital rights its films, has struck deals to bring its beloved library to streaming services. WarnerMedia's HBO Max announced in October that it had secured the rights the the Ghibli catalog, and today Netflix followed suit, with news that it will begin rolling out 21 of the studio's anime classics, beginning next month. There's a catch, however.
 
Viewers in the United States, Japan and Canada won't be able to binge them on Netflix, as the agreement doesn't include those markets. So what countries will get the Ghibli classics on the streaming service?
 
Over the next three months, Netflix will release the 21 films in batches of seven, beginning Feb. 1 with Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993) and Tales from Earthsea (2006).
 
March 1 will bring international Netflix subscribers Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), Spirited Away (2001), The Cat Returns (2002), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013). Notably absent from this month is Whispers of the Heart, to which The Cat Returns functions as a spinoff. To see that classic, you need to wait a month.
 
Finally, April 1 will complete the rollout with Pom Poko (1994), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008), From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), The Wind Rises (2013) and When Marnie Was There (2014).
 
Notably absent from this entire list is Grave of the Fireflies.

Read more at https://www.cbr.com/21-studio-ghibli-anime-classics-are-coming-to-netflix-but-not-everywhere/

1/20/20 1:23 PM
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It really sucks that US viewers won't be able to see Ghibli films, from what I gather reading the article, US Viewers will have to get HBO Max to see them from a streaming service. 

If you haven't seen Ghibli films, you are missing out. Nearly every one is wonderfully sublime.

 

1/21/20 9:52 AM
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So HBO subscribers will get them as well?

And no problem with Grave of the Fireflies being absent because I don't need to cry like a little girl with a skinned knee watching it!

1/21/20 12:41 PM
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BigWilliam - So HBO subscribers will get them as well?

And no problem with Grave of the Fireflies being absent because I don't need to cry like a little girl with a skinned knee watching it!

Agreed about Grave of the Fireflies. 

1/21/20 10:45 PM
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Grave of the fireflies is a difficult watch but its an important watch. 

1/22/20 7:13 AM
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TheBearStare -

Grave of the fireflies is a difficult watch but its an important watch. 

Absolutely.  It really is a must see film.