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NEW YORK (August 30, 2022) – GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced today that it will release the catalog of Japan’s legendary, Oscar®-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli, for digital download-to-rent in the United States and Canada on August 30, 2022. Films will be available for rent in English and Japanese on most major digital transactional platforms. This marks the first time Studio Ghibli films will be available for digital rental in North America. This follows GKIDS’ release of the full Studio Ghibli catalog for digital download-to-own for the first time in 2019. Additionally, GKIDS launched an exclusive US streaming deal with HBO Max for the Studio Ghibli library, starting in May 2020. 

Studio Ghibli is one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential animation studios, inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike over the last 30 years with beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Under the brilliance of visionary animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, the studio’s films had won countless international awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as five additional Academy Award® nominations for Howl’s Moving CastleThe Wind RisesThe Tale of The Princess KaguyaWhen Marnie Was There, and The Red Turtle. Director and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was separately given an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in 2014, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures paid tribute to his artwork with a special inaugural exhibition.

The Studio Ghibli acclaimed catalog of films released for digital download-to-rent includes:

Castle in the Sky

The Cat Returns

Earwig and the Witch

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


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

Starting August 16, the Studio Ghibli catalog will be available to rent digitally in HD for the suggested retail price of $4.99 per film.

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