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GKIDS TO RELEASE FULL STUDIO GHIBLI FILM LIBRARY ON DIGITAL TRANSACTIONAL PLATFORMS

Author: Newsroom

NEW YORK (December 2, 2019) – 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-own in the United States and Canada on December 17, 2019. Films will be available to purchase in English and Japanese on all major digital transactional platforms. This marks the first time Studio Ghibli films will be available for digital transactions anywhere globally. GKIDS previously announced 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 have won countless international awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature for Spirited Away, as well as four additional Academy Award® nominations for Howl’s Moving CastleThe Wind RisesThe Tale of The Princess Kaguya, and When Marnie Was There. 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 will pay tribute to his artwork with a special exhibit when the Museum opens in 2020.

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

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 (Available Q3 2020)

Starting December 17, the Studio Ghibli catalog will be available to own digitally in HD for the suggested retail price of $19.99 per film. A six-film bundle of some of the studio’s most popular titles, featuring Howl’s Moving CastleKiki’s Delivery ServiceMy Neighbor TotoroPonyoPrincess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, will be offered by platforms for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

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