Beginning February 1, Netflix will offer 21 films from Studio Ghibli on its streaming service. The catch: the films won’t be available in the United States, Canada, or Japan. In the U.S., HBO Max will be the home of Ghibli films when the service launches in spring 2020.
But Netflix subscribers in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America will have access to the Ghibli library subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages. The deal was made with Franco-German distributor Wild Bunch International, which reps Ghibli films globally.
“In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences,” Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said in a statement. “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.”