GKIDS announced today that fans will soon be able to purchase digital downloads from the Oscar-winning animation house, Studio Ghibli.
The digital download-to-own films will be available to purchase on all major digital transactional platforms (Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft and FandangoNOW) in the United States and Canada on December 17. Buyers can choose to purchase the animated films in both English and Japanese, and it marks the first time the Studio Ghibli library will be made available to own digitally in the world.
Studio Ghibli is famous for its animated films by acclaimed directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, along with producer Toshio Suzuki. 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.
The full list of Studio Ghibli films released for digital download can be found below:
- 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
- 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)
HBO Max secured streaming rights for all Studio Ghibli animated films from GKIDS in October, with the streaming service slated to launch in May 2020.
Digital copies of the Studio Ghibli animated films will retail for $19.99 per film starting Dec. 17, with a six-film bundle of its most popular films -- Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away -- offered for $99.99.