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You Can Buy Every Studio Ghibli Movie for Digital Download Starting This Month

  • The Wrap
Studio Ghibli’s entire library of films, including classics such as “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Princess Mononoke,” will be made available for digital download in the U.S. and Canada beginning on Dec. 17, the distributor Gkids announced Monday.

This marks the first time any of the films from the Japanese anime giant will be available on any digital platform. And the news also comes months before the Studio Ghibli films are meant to stream exclusively in the U.S. on HBO Max beginning in May 2020.

The films, 21 in all dating back 30 years to 1984, will only be available as digital download-to-own, with each film retailing for $19.99. The films will not be available for rental at this time, but Gkids says the movies will be available for purchase on all major digital platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft and Fandango Now. Further, both the original
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Studio Ghibli catalogue to be made available for digital purchase for first time

Studio Ghibli catalogue to be made available for digital purchase for first time
Titles include Oscar winner Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.

In an unprecedented move, Gkids has said it will make the entire catalogue of Studio Ghibli Japanese animation, including Oscar winner Spirited Away, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There, available for digital download-to-own in North America.

From December 17, consumers will be able to purchase the inventory on all major digital transactional platforms, marking the first time the films have been made available via digital transaction anywhere in the world.

Titles, which will be available in both English and Japanese, include Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away,
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Studio Ghibli catalogue to be made available via digital transaction for first time

Studio Ghibli catalogue to be made available via digital transaction for first time
Titles include Oscar winner Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.

In an unprecedented move, Gkids has said it will make the entire catalogue of Studio Ghibli Japanese animation, including Oscar winner Spirited Away, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There, available for digital download-to-own in North America.

From December 17, consumers will be able to purchase the inventory on all major digital transactional platforms, marking the first time the films have been made available via digital transaction anywhere in the world.

Titles, which will be available in both English and Japanese, include Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away,
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‘Weathering With You’: Director Makoto Shinkai Takes Animation By Storm with Dual Oscar Contender

‘Weathering With You’: Director Makoto Shinkai Takes Animation By Storm with Dual Oscar Contender
When Japanese director Makoto Shinkai strode Friday night into the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood after the Animation Is Film Festival’s screening of “Weathering With You,” his follow-up to the phenomenal “Your Name,” he was treated like an animation rock star. Shinkai received a standing ovation from fans and aspiring animators alike, revealing why he’s taken animation by storm.

With 2016’s “Your Name,” Shinkai’s body-swapping anime breakthrough, he tapped into a special teen rite of passage/romance (smashing a box office record with nearly $358 million worldwide). J.J. Abrams is even producing a live-action remake (scripted by “Arrival’s” Eric Heisserer). Now, with “Weathering With You” (another runaway hit in Japan), in which teen runaway Hodaka falls for orphan Hina, the Sunshine Girl, who possesses the power to make the perpetual rain stop falling on Tokyo, Shinkai has a double-dose of Academy Awards buzz. For the first time
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All Studio Ghibli Films to Make Their Streaming Debut on HBO Max

Since 1996, Disney and Gkids have handled the global distribution for Studio Ghibli, the revolutionary Japanese animation studio founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata that gave us acclaimed titles like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. It would thus make sense that Disney+ would nab the streaming rights for these films, right? Wrong. A Gkids representative recently told Polygon that "Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally, whether for download or streaming, anywhere in the world." Okay, so, Studio Ghibli movies just won't stream anywhere, and we'll be content with the handsome Blu-rays available. Right? …
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HBO Max Acquires Exclusive Studio Ghibli Streaming Rights

David Crow Oct 17, 2019

HBO Max will become the first streaming service to offer Studio Ghibli films when it launches next year, making this a landmark deal.

In what is sure to be a landmark deal in the realms of both animation and streaming, HBO Max is the first digital content platform to acquire the rights of Studio Ghibli’s entire animated feature catalogue of 21 movies. Among these gems are the classics by writer-director Hayao Miyazaki.

The Studio Ghibli streaming rights have been long coveted by all streaming platforms, with neither Netflix or Amazon able to secure them for their own large cinematic libraries. Being the first streamer to offer them in full, HBO Max will become of high interest for anime fans when it launches in spring 2020. The deal was set-up between WarnerMedia’s impending streaming service and Gkids, who is the North American Distributor for Studio Ghibli’s films.
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The Wonderful Anime Films of Studio Ghibli Will Be Streaming on HBO Max

A lot of Studio Ghibli fans have been wondering when and where the wonderful anime films from the studio would end up streaming. Well, it’s been officially announced that those movies will be available to stream on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max when it launches in the spring of 2020.

HBO Max will be the Us streaming home to the entire Studio Ghibli film library, one of the world’s most coveted and revered animation catalogues. The landmark deal with North American distributor Gkids for the twenty-one Studio Ghibli feature films marks the first time these beloved films have been licensed to a streaming platform.

The films that will be available at the launch of the service will include 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.

Kevin Reilly, Chief Content
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Studio Ghibli Films to Stream on HBO Max

  • Variety
Studio Ghibli Films to Stream on HBO Max
Kiki, Howl, Totoro and co. are on their way to HBO Max.

The forthcoming WarnerMedia streamer has secured the U.S. streaming rights to Studio Ghibli movies, meaning the entirety of the iconic Japanese animation studio’s collection will be available on HBO Max upon launch in spring 2020.

This marks the first time the likes of “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 have been licensed to a streaming platform. The historic deal, struck between HBO Max and American Studio Ghibli distributor GKids, signals the streamer’s intent to load up on premium animated content and compete with the the vast library coming to one of its streaming war rivals Disney Plus.

“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT,
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And Just Like That, 21 Studio Ghibli Movies Will Stream on HBO Max in 2020

Iconic Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli has signed a landmark deal to bring 21 movies exclusively to HBO Max. The upcoming streaming platform from WarnerMedia is launching in April 2020. The deal marks the first time Studio Ghibli movies have ever been licensed to a streaming platform.

At the time of HBO Max’s launch, such Studio Ghibli titles as Oscar winner “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” will be available to stream, among others. Additional films such as Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” will debut on HBO Max in fall 2020.

“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.,” Studio Ghibli chairman Koji Hoshino said in a statement. “As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films.
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HBO Max Draws Up Deal To Stream Studio Ghibli Films Including ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’

  • Deadline
HBO Max continues to pad its streaming fare with an exclusive deal for the entire catalog of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. It’s the first time the lauded toon producer’s films have been licensed to a streamer.

The deal with Studio Ghibli distributor Gkids includes 2001’s Spirited Away, which won the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and four other pics that were nominated in that category: Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.

“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max and President of 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.”

Founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata,
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HBO Max Acquires Us Streaming Rights to Japan’s Studio Ghibli Films

  • The Wrap
HBO Max Acquires Us Streaming Rights to Japan’s Studio Ghibli Films
HBO Max has acquired the U.S. streaming rights to all films from Japan’s Oscar-winning animation house Studio Ghibli, the streaming platform announced Thursday.

HBO Max will debut the catalog in the spring of 2020. The deal marks the first time the films will be licensed to a streaming platform.

Available films will include 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 many more.

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“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President, TNT, TBS, and truTV, said in a statement. “Exciting, enchanting, and deeply humanistic, these wonderful films have captured people’s hearts around the world, and we are proud
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HBO Max Acquires U.S. Streaming Rights To Studio Ghibli Library

  • Deadline
HBO Max has taken the U.S. streaming rights to Japan’s Oscar-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, which reps the first time the latter’s content has been licensed to a streamer.

The deal with North American distributor Gkids includes 21 Studio Ghibli movies: 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 in the fall of 2020. Most of these titles will be available when HBO Max launches.

“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max and President,
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Studio Ghibli Is So Committed to the Theatrical Experience It Has No Plans to Ever Stream Films

Looking to stream an animated movie this week on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or any other platform? Don’t expect “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” or “Princess Mononoke” to be options — not this week nor ever. The iconic Japanese animation producer Studio Ghibli has never licensed its movies out to streaming platforms (not even Apple Movies) and according to Polygon has no plans to do so in the foreseeable future.

GKids owns the North American distribution rights to Studio Ghibli movies, which include the masterworks of director Hayao Miyazaki, and recently told Polygon not to expect Ghibli classics like “Totoro” and the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away” to show up on Netflix and other streaming services. In a move that would certainly earn Christopher Nolan’s respect, Ghibli maintains the theatrical experience is so important to watching its movies that it’s not worth having them available to stream.

“Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally,
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‘Weathering With You’ First Trailer: ‘Your Name’ Director Returns With Japan’s Oscar Contender

‘Weathering With You’ First Trailer: ‘Your Name’ Director Returns With Japan’s Oscar Contender
Makoto Shinkai earned renewed international acclaim and recognition in 2016, following the release of the 2016 anime blockbuster “Your Name.” The film earned fervent acclaim from film critics, drumming up considerable Oscar buzz, but “Your Name” ultimately fell short of nabbing a nomination. His follow-up film, “Weathering With You,” has been selected as Japan’s entry for Best International Feature, which is the new name being given to the Best Foreign Language Film category. It is the first time in 20 years Japan has selected an animated film as its submission, the last time being Hayao Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke” in 1997, which failed to land a nomination. Now, this stunning first trailer offers a glimpse into the new magical world Shinkai has created.

Here’s the official synopsis from Gkids: “The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself
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Oscars: Record 93 Countries Submit Entries for Best International Feature Film

  • Variety
Oscars: Record 93 Countries Submit Entries for Best International Feature Film
A record-breaking total of 93 countries have submitted entries to be considered for best international film nominations at the Academy Awards.

The Academy announced the full list of eligible films and countries on Monday. Ghana, Nigeria and Uzbekisztan are competing for the first time in the category, which was previously known as the best foreign-language film category.

The previous high for submissions was 92 in 2017. A total of 87 films were submitted last year. Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won the category this year, becoming the first Mexican entry to win the award.

High-profile entries include South Korea’s “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho’s black comedy which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Spain’s “Pain and Glory” from Pedro Almodovar with Antonio Banderas starring as a film director; Japan’s “Weathering With You,” the country’s first animated entry since “Princess Mononoke”; Senegal’s “Atlantics” from director Mati Diop,
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Japan’s ‘Weathering With You’ Set for China Theatrical Release

  • Variety
Japan’s ‘Weathering With You’ Set for China Theatrical Release
Weathering With You,” the hit Japanese animation directed by Makoto Shinkai, is set for a theatrical release in mainland Chinese theaters. Chinese state media reported on Monday that the film had been approved by China’s censors, but said that the film had not yet been given a release date.

After his previous hit “Your Name,” “Weathering is Shinkai’s second film to pass the JPY100 million mark ($94 million) mark at the Japanese box office. Released on July 19, it has now reached a cumulative total of $113 million from 9.13 million admissions after 52 days on release. On release, it took the top spot in the Japanese chart for two weeks, was then deposed for the following three weekends, but bounced back to head the chart in the weekend of Aug. 31.

Despite sometimes frosty political relations between Japan and China, Japanese animated films have done well in Middle Kingdom theaters. “Your Name” earned
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Anime “Weathering With You” by Makoto Shinkai to represent Japan at the Academy Awards 2020.

Japan has chosen “Weathering With You” (Tenki no Ko), by record breaking director Makoto Shinkai as national entry for the Best International Feature Film Category at the 2020 Oscars.

Weathering With You” – that has just reached the $100 million (10.7 billion yen) mark at the domestic box office – is the first anime, since ‘Princess Mononoke’ by Hayao Miyazaki in 1998, to be designated to represent Japan at the Academy Awards.

The two protagonists are voiced by Kotaro Daigo (Hodaka) e da Nana Mori (Hina), and the theme-song “Ai ni Deikiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai” is composed by popular j-rock band Radwimps that had greatly contributed to the success of “Your Name”.

Other members of the crew include Masayoshi Tanaka (“Your Name”) in charge of the character design, Atsushi Tamura head of animation, and artistic director Hiroshi Takiguchi (“The Garden of Words”, “Ajin”).

Synopsis

Hodaka Morishima runs away from his remote island to Tokyo,
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Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name’ Follow-Up Is Japan’s First Anime Oscar Entry in Over 20 Years

Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name’ Follow-Up Is Japan’s First Anime Oscar Entry in Over 20 Years
Japan has officially named Makoto Shinkai’s “Weathering With You” its 2020 Oscar entry in the Best International Film category, which is the new name being given to the Best Foreign Language Film prize. The selection makes “Weathering With You” the first anime movie to represent Japan in the category at the Oscars in over 20 years. The country’s last anime Oscar submission was Hayao Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke” in 1997, but it failed to land a nomination the following year at the 70th Academy Awards.

Weathering With You” is Shinkai’s first directorial effort since earning newfound international acclaim and recognition after the release of the 2016 anime blockbuster “Your Name.” Shinkai’s latest centers around the romance between a high school runaway from Tokyo and a young orphan girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

Weathering With You” has already opened in Japan and has grossed over $100 million,
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‘Weathering With You’ Hit Anime Selected as Japan’s Oscars Contender

  • Variety
‘Weathering With You’ Hit Anime Selected as Japan’s Oscars Contender
“Weathering with You,” the hit animation by Makoto Shinkai, has been selected as Japan’s contender for a the International Feature Film Awards at the Oscars, the Japan Motion Picture Producers Association(Eiren) announced on Monday.

As of Wednesday last week, “Weathering” had grossed more than $94 million in Japanese theaters.

The film is the first animated feature put forward by Japan since Hayao Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke” in 1998. “Weathering with You” was chosen from a short list of 13 films by a committee of seven film directors, scriptwriters and critics.
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Quentin Tarantino Was Originally Asked to Develop the Princess Mononoke English Dub

One of my favorite films to come out of Studio Ghibli was Princess Mononoke. I love that film and the story that it tells. When the Hayao Miyazaki-directed film was being dubbed for English for the U.S. release, the first person that Miramax went to for help was Quentin Tarantino.

That’s right, they wanted Tarantino to help develop the English dub for the film, which would have been pretty cool and interesting. Tarantino ultimately passed on the offer and recommended Neil Gaiman for the job, who he thought was much better suited for the material, and he was right!

Gaiman confirmed all of this when he was asked about it on Twitter by a fan.

Yes.

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 12, 2019

It’s kinda crazy that Tarantino was originally wanted for the job to tackle this project. By the time Princess Mononoke was headed to the U.S.
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