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The Studio Ghibli Library Is Coming to Digital for the First Time Ever

Thumbs up to that, says Porco.
Thumbs up to that, says Porco.
Image: Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli movies are about to get a whole lot easier to watch. Distributor GKIDS just announced that starting this month, it will release the entire Studio Ghibli feature film library for digital download for the first time anywhere in the world.

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So, if you want to own My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away or Castle in the Sky or any of the Ghilbi films digitally, and you have Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, PlayStation, XBox, Fandango Now, or any of the other major platforms, you’ll be able to do just that starting on December 17. Each movie will cost $20 and the six most popular movies—Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away—will be offered as a $100 bundle on select retailers.

This news comes weeks after GKIDS announced it would make the Ghibli films available for streaming exclusively on HBO Max.

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All the films will be made available in both English and Japanese. Here’s the full list that will be available.

  • 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

All except The Wind Rises will be available December 17. The Wind Rises will be out later in 2020.

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It probably goes without saying, but we heartily recommend all of these films, even the ones we haven’t seen. Studio Ghibli, like Pixar after it, is an animation studio whose work, even when not brilliant, deserves consideration. But most of the time, it’s just straight brilliant.


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This article wase dited after publication to mention the languagues available.

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DISCUSSION

“each film will cost $20" - And I stopped reading when I got here. Might as well buy the DVDs.