GKIDS and Studio Ghibli Launch Official Studio Ghibli Social Media Channels For North America

GKIDS has announced that is extending its long-term relationship with Studio Ghibli by launching and managing the first ever Official English-language Studio Ghibli social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for North American audiences.

Official Studio Ghibli USA Twitter: https://twitter.com/GhibliUSA
Official Studio Ghibli USA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/GhibliUSA/
Official Studio Ghibli USA Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/GhibliUSA

“In the wake of a watershed year of expanded access to Studio Ghibli’s expansive catalogue via the global streaming and digital launch, these films remain an ever-present topic across social media platforms,” said GKIDS’ Director of Marketing Erica Chon. “To keep pace with the abundance of conversation surrounding the Studio and their North American partners, the official social media accounts are a natural next step in keeping fans up to date with all of the latest news from Studio Ghibli. We’re excited to launch the @GhibliUSA channels to bring the beauty and wonder of Studio Ghibli films to expanded audiences.”

Through the new social media accounts, fans can celebrate the artistry of Studio Ghibli, engage with other Ghibli fans, and have access to a reliable centralized resource covering all news, new product releases, events, and other notable information pertaining to the revered Japanese animation studio.

The social media announcement marks a further expansion of the partnership between Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, which began with GKIDS handling the Ghibli theatrical catalog for North America in 2010, and distributing new releases starting in 2012 with Goro Miyazaki’s From Up On Poppy Hill. In 2017, GKIDS took over North American home video rights to the Studio Ghibli catalog.

GKIDS will release the latest Studio Ghibli film, Earwig and the Witch, opening in theaters nationwide starting February 3, 2021 and streaming on HBO Max on February 5, 2021. Directed by Goro Miyazaki, Earwig and the Witc is produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning on the feature from Goro Miyazaki’s father, Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki. Based on the children’s novel Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones, the film was an official selection for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and aired on NHK in Japan December 30, 2020.

GKIDS Licenses Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and the Witch Anime Film

GKIDS has announced that it has licensed Studio Ghibli and Goro Miyazaki’s first CG feature Earwig and the Witch, an anime adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel of the same name. The company will release the film in theaters in North America in early 2021.

Goro Miyazaki is directing the movie as the studio’s first full 3D CG feature, and Hayao Miyazaki is credited for the movie’s planning and development. Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki is producing. French distributor Wild Bunch International is serving as the film’s international sales agent.

Source: ANN

Netflix to Stream Studio Ghibli Films in Canada

The official Twitter account for Netflix Canada has announced that the service will begin streaming 20 Studio Ghibli films in Canada on June 25, 2020. In addition, Netflix will begin streaming The Wind Rises film in Canada on August 1, 2020.

The following films will begin streaming on June 25, 2020:

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Castle in the Sky
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Only Yesterday
  • Porco Rosso
  • Ocean Waves
  • Pom Poko
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Princess Mononoke
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas
  • Spirited Away
  • The Cat Returns
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Tales from Earthsea
  • Ponyo
  • The Secret World of Arrietty
  • From Up On Poppy Hill
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • When Marnie Was There

Netflix, in a partnership with Wild Bunch International, began streaming the 21 Studio Ghibli films worldwide except for the United States, Canada, and Japan in February, March, and April 2020. The films feature subtitles in 28 languages and dubbed versions in “up to” 20 languages.

HBO Max began streaming the “entire Studio Ghibli film library” of 21 feature films at its launch on May 27, 2020. GKIDS also released 21 Studio Ghibli films for for digital download-to-own in the United States and Canada in December 2019 on digital transaction platforms including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft, and FandangoNOW.

Source: ANN

Netflix to Stream Studio Ghibli Films Globally Except in the United States, Canada, and Japan

Netflix, Studio Ghibli, and Wild Bunch International have announced that Netflix will stream 21 Studio Ghibli films worldwide except for the United States, Canada, and Japan.

The films will feature subtitles in 28 languages and dubbed versions in “up to” 20 languages.

The following films will be available on February 1, 2020:

  • Castle in the Sky
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Only Yesterday
  • Porco Rosso
  • Ocean Waves
  • Tales from Earthsea

The following films will be available on March 1, 20202:

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Princess Mononoke
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas
  • Spirited Away
  • The Cat Returns
  • Arrietty
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

These films will be available on April 1, 2020:

  • Pom Poko
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
  • From Up On Poppy Hill
  • The Wind Rises
  • When Marnie Was There

HBO Max and GKIDS announced in October 2019 that HBO Max will begin streaming the “entire Studio Ghibli film library” of 21 feature films in Spring 2020. GKIDS also released 21 Studio Ghibli films for for digital download-to-own in the United States and Canada on December 17,2019 on digital transaction platforms including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft, and FandangoNOW.

Source: ANN

GKIDS to Release Studio Ghibli Films Digitally on December 17, 2019

GKIDS has announced that it will release 21 Studio Ghibli films for digital download-to-own in the United States and Canada on December 17, 2019 on digital transaction platforms including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft, and FandangoNOW. The films will be available in English and in Japanese with English subtitles. This marks the first time that the films will be available for digital transaction. The 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
  • The Wind Rises (launching in the third quarter of 2020)

There will also be a six-film bundle that includes Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.

Source: ANN

So, About That Discrepancy Concerning Streaming of Studio Ghibli Films…

On October 16, 2019, Anime News Network had posted an article that was sourced from Polygon, stating that Studio Ghibli’s films would not be coming to streaming services any time soon. The Polygon article by Matt Patches was published on October 15, 2019, and sourced North American film distributor GKIDS.

But then on October 18, 2019, it was announced that Studio Ghibli’s films would be streaming on HBO Max starting in Spring 2020.

Anime News Network is now reporting that GKIDS clarified what happened on their Twitter account. According the company, they were not contacted for the article and the statement that served as the basis for the claim that the films will not come to streaming services is dated to 2018.

Polygon’s article included the statement “GKids was unable to provide a comment from a Studio Ghibli representation for further clarification or additional updates on deals in progress.” According to GKIDS, they were not contacted in the last week for the Polygon piece.

Source: ANN

HBO Max to Stream Studio Ghibli Films in Spring 2020

HBO Max and GKIDS have announced that HBO Max will begin streaming the “entire Studio Ghibli film library” of 21 feature films in spring 2020. This deal marks the first time that Studio Ghibli films will stream on any platform.

The announcement noted that 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 other films will be available at launch. The full lineup of feature films that will stream on HBO Max 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
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • The Wind Rises (launching Fall 2020)

The Polygon website has reported that GKIDS told the website that Studio Ghibli had no plans to stream its films.

“Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally, whether for download or streaming, anywhere in the world,” a GKIDS representative told Polygon via email correspondence earlier this year. “They continue to believe that presentation is vital and particularly appreciate opportunities for audiences to experience the films together in a theatrical setting.”

Source: ANN

Studio Ghibli Has No Plans to Release Films on Streaming Services

Film distributor GKids has told Polygon that there are currently no plans to release Studio Ghibli’s catalog on streaming services, be it Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+. The same goes for pay-per-view streaming services like Amazon Prime or Apple Movies.

“Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally, whether for download or streaming, anywhere in the world,” a GKids representative told Polygon. “They continue to believe that presentation is vital and particularly appreciate opportunities for audiences to experience the films together in a theatrical setting.”

Source: ANN

Princess Mononoke Arrives in Collector’s Edition Set in Limited Quantities Only on May 14, 2019

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue Princess Mononoke in a beautiful collector’s edition release on May 14, 2019. The limited-edition set comes housed in an elegant hard slipcase and includes a new 40-page book with stunning art and essays. Featured in a deluxe disc portfolio will be a Blu-ray™ of the film paired with hours of special features, and the film’s soundtrack made available on CD for the first time in North America. The set is available for pre-order now on ghiblicollection.com.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, this epic fantasy film is one of the best-selling and internationally renowned films of all time. Princess Mononoke is here presented with a release perfect for collectors and animation fans who have adored the film since its initial release.

The set’s 40-page book features new essays by film critic Glenn Kenny alongside amazing imagery and statements from director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, and Miyazaki’s poems about the characters.

The first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, Princess Mononoke is Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece that has dazzled audiences worldwide with its breathtaking imagination, exhilarating battles, and deep humanity.

Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi and the proud people of Iron Town, and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home, and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton.

*2002: Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away

Special Features:

  • Feature-Length Storyboards
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Princess Mononoke in USA
  • Behind the Microphone

GKIDS and Fathom Events Return with a New Studio Ghibli Series Lineup of Animated Masterpieces in U.S. Cinemas Throughout 2019

After kicking off in 2017 and returning for an even more successful 2018, STUDIO GHIBLI FEST is back for 2019. GKIDS, the distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events are proud to continue their collaboration and deliver a new and expanded selection of celebrated animated films to U.S. cinemas throughout the year with STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019.

Featuring nine of Studio Ghibli’s masterpieces, the series kicks off with the 15th anniversary of the Academy Award®- nominated fantasy adventure Howl’s Moving Castle, and continues with the 35th anniversary of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Whisper of the Heart, the 30th anniversary of Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, The Secret World of Arrietty, the Academy Award®- winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and concludes with the Academy Award®- nominated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Tickets for STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 can be purchased online beginning Thursday, March 7, 2019 by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, www.ghiblifest.com, or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website March 7, 2019 (theaters and participants are subject to change). Weekday showings begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday showings begin at 12:55 p.m. (all local times).

Tickets for Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 in Canada go on-sale on March 7, 2019. Visit our partners at www.Cineplex.com for more information.

“After two extraordinary years of STUDIO GHIBLI FESTs, we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with GKIDS once again,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “The 2019 anime series gives fans across the nation a unique opportunity to experience these renowned titles together at their local cinemas and we’re proud to be able to make these communal viewings possible.”

“GKIDS is extremely proud to be bringing the beloved Studio Ghibli films back to the big screen with Fathom Events, so fans can discover and rejoice in these wonderful, iconic animated works throughout 2019!” GKIDS Co-Founder and President Eric Beckman said.

STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019 SCHEDULE:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle: 15th Anniversary – Sunday, April 7; Monday, April 8; and Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: 35th Anniversary – Monday, May 20; Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Whisper of the Heart – Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service: 30th Anniversary – Sunday, July 28; Monday, July 29; and Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • My Neighbor Totoro – Sunday, August 25; Monday, August 26; and Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • The Secret World of Arrietty – Sunday, September 29 and Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Spirited Away – Sunday, October 27; Monday, October 28; and Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Princess Mononoke – Sunday, November 17; Monday, November 18; and Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Monday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 18, 2019