Studio Ghibli to stream in the UK
It’s happening. It is really happening. From February 2020, the majority of Studio Ghibli films will start to be available to stream in the UK. In essence, we have Netflix UK to thank.
Growing up, I remember the joy of finding Studio Ghibli films randomly on Film4. The channel would regularly have entire seasons dedicated to the Japanese animation studio. They even screened My Neighbor Totoro at the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House.
Most importantly, 21 films from the Japanese animation giant will be available on the Netflix UK from February to April 2020.
Surprisingly, the streaming service will include fan favourite animations such as Oscar-winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro.
When will the Studio Ghibli films stream in the UK?
Release dates and titles on Netflix UK include:
February 1, 2020
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
- Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
- Only Yesterday (1991)
- Porco Rosso (1992)
- Ocean Waves (1993)
- Tales from Earthsea (2006)
March 1, 2020
- Nausicaä of the Valley Wind (1984)
- Princess Mononoke (1997)
- My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
- Spirited Away (2001)
- The Cat Returns (2002)
- Arriety (2010)
- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
April 1, 2020
- Pom Poko (1994)
- Whisper of the Heart (1995)
- Howls Moving Castle (2004)
- Ponyo (2008)
- From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
- The Wind Rises (2013)
- When Marnie Was There (2014)
The only feature-length film excluded from the stellar line-up is infamous tear-jerker, Grave of Fireflies.
Unfortunately, these films will not be available to stream on Netflix in USA, Canada or Japan.
What is your favourite Studio Ghibli film? Which are you most looking forward to watching?
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