|HBO Max announced that Studio Ghibli would give them the exclusive US streaming rights for their blockbuster films / Photo by: Ajay Suresh via Wikimedia Commons|
Good news for Studio Ghibli fans! Your favorite animated films will soon be available for streaming after HBO Max acquired the rights to some of the studio’s titles. In an article published by Engadget, the original home for technology news and reviews, they reported that classic films such as “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” and “Princess Mononoke” will be streaming for the first time on the said service.
HBO Max announced that Studio Ghibli would give them the exclusive US streaming rights for their blockbuster films. It’s a remarkable moment for Studio Ghibli fans because before the deal happened, master animator Hayao Miyazaki’s films and other Ghibli titles were only accessible through the purchase of physical copies or in movie theaters, which Polygon said, was part of the preservation effort on behalf of the famous animation company. Polygon is a gaming website in partnership with Vox Media. However, Studio Ghibli sensed that it’s the right time to make a change, which is why fans can’t wait for the launch of these films in spring 2020 in HBO Max.
“Studio Ghibli films are visually breathtaking, completely immersive experiences,” said Kevin Reilly, a chief content officer of HBO Max. He pointed out how these exciting, enchanting, and deeply humanistic films captured their fans’ hearts around the world. Now, they can watch and enjoy these films easily through streaming, thanks to HBO Max.
A Gift for Studio Ghibli Fans
The films that will soon be available on HBO Max are the following:
- 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
|The films that will soon be available on HBO Max include the blockbusters My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service / Photo by: Amal FM via Flickr|
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Ocean Waves
- Only Yesterday
- Pom Poko
- 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 (launching fall 2020)
Studio Ghibli also announced that they are planning to build their first theme park in Nagoya, Japan. The animation studio mentioned that fans will enjoy their time as they explore the different areas of the park that will be based on Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Princess Mononoke” and other Ghibli titles.
What Makes Studio Ghibli Popular?
American media company Variety shared on their website that Koji Hoshino, chairman of Studio Ghibli, expressed his excitement to be working with HBO Max. He said that Ghibli fans will be enjoying their favorite films all over again, and the studio might attract new audiences as well.
Before the company earned its reputation as one of the best animation studios in the world, Studio Ghibli’s journey to success started with the film “Castle in the Sky” released in 1986. This film was the start of the studio to create worlds full of wildly colorful characters.
Studio Ghibli’s films are also said to be thriving because of how they manage to make simple visual arts express the story’s lesson effectively. The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms, Studio Ghibli films present a culture that pays homage to hard work and stillness but also embrace the painful realities that are part of human nature.
Throughout the years, Studio Ghibli’s films were tackling real issues in life that can cause endless debates and leave the audience contemplating the meaning of life using their child-like and simple animation styles. Their simplicity is what makes ordinary people attracted to their films, and the animation studio knows that this is an effective way for them to spread awareness about issues that the world needs to know.
|Studio Ghibli’s films are also said to be thriving because of how they manage to make simple visual arts express the story’s lesson effectively / Photo by: Danny Choo via Flickr|
Hard Work Pays Off
It is evident that in every Ghibli film, hard work is a core value. Simplicity and hard work always come together when one is talking about the animation studio, which puts special emphasis on good work and ethics, and this allows these films to be relatable to a wider audience. It is also a great way to take pride in the Japanese culture that is related to how its citizens value hard work.
One of the most popular films from the animation studio, “Spirited Away,” for example, managed to demonstrate effectively how Japanese culture takes pride in its work ethic. The film transports its audiences to the world of mystical spirits. Here, we are introduced to Chihiro, a young girl who used to be afraid, then later became a tough young woman through rough labor.
It’s a good thing Studio Ghibli has decided to let their films be enjoyed by a wider audience. Films like theirs shouldn't be kept in a box where standards should be met. In the process, they will be showing to everyone that filmmakers and illustrators should learn to step out of their comfort zones even once in a while.