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HBO Max Gains Streaming Rights to Studio Ghibli Animated Library

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Though Studio Ghibli's films appearing on a streaming service seemed unlikely, HBO Max has secured streaming rights for all of the beloved production company's movies.

Studio Ghibli is famous for its animated films by acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. A few of these films include 1988's My Neighbor Totoro, 1989's Kiki's Delivery Service, 2001's Spirited Away and 2008's Ponyo. 

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Disney used to be responsible for the distribution of Studio Ghibli films. However, in 2017 distribution rights were given to GKIDS, who recently made a deal with WarnerMedia for the streaming rights.

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“We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the U.S," said Studio Ghibli chairman Koji Hoshino about the deal between WarnerMedia and GKIDS. "As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films."

The studio's first film to be released was 1986's Castle in The Sky and its most recent was 2014's When Marnie Was There. Hayao Miyazaki is said to be working on another film for the studio entitled How Do You Live?, which will be based on a 1937 book by Genzaburo Yoshino.

HBO Max will launch in the spring of 2020.

(via EW)

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