Starting Feb 1, Singapore fans of Studio Ghibli can spirit themselves away when films from the famed Japanese animation studio begin streaming on Netflix.
The streaming giant announced on Monday (Jan 20) that an expansive catalogue of 21 Studio Ghibli films will be made available in all its markets except the US, Canada and Japan. The films will be subtitled in 28 languages, and dubbed in up to 20 languages.
They will be released in stages.
From Feb 1, you can catch Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Only Yesterday, Porco Rosso, Ocean Waves and Tales from Earthsea.
Following that, Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors The Yamadas, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Arrietty and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya will be released on Mar 1.
The last set of films will be available from Apr 1: 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 and When Marnie Was There.
Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli producer and longtime colleague of studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, said in a press release: “In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences. We’ve listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue. We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience.”
Aram Yacoubian, Director of Original Animation at Netflix, added: “This is a dream come true for Netflix and millions of our members. Studio Ghibli's animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years.”
Studio Ghibli is currently producing their latest film How Do You Live, directed by Miyazaki. The film is reportedly his last, although he has been known to come out of retirement several times before. Miyazaki was also behind Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002.