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Max and Gkids extend their US film streaming rights agreement for Studio Ghibli projects

Max has recently announced a multiyear agreement with Gkids to extend the exclusive US streaming rights for the renowned Studio Ghibli, Japan’s legendary Oscar-winning animation house. Since 2020, Max has been the home to the Studio Ghibli catalog, marking the first time these beloved films were available for streaming in the US.

As part of this agreement, Max will also become the future home of the Oscar-winning and Golden Globe-winning film The Boy and the Heron, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, with an announcement regarding the streaming premiere date expected later this year. This hand-drawn, original story is Miyazaki’s first feature film in a decade, written and directed by the Academy Award-winning director himself. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film boasts a musical score from Miyazaki’s longtime collaborator, Joe Hisaishi.

Elizabeth Bannan Atcheson, VP of content acquisitions at Warner Bros. Discovery, expressed excitement about the continued availability of these award-winning films on Max, emphasizing the platform’s commitment to offering unique and critically acclaimed content.

Studio Ghibli, under the visionary leadership of Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki, has become one of the most acclaimed and influential animation studios globally, captivating filmmakers and audiences alike for over three decades with its beloved stories and breathtaking visuals. Their repertoire includes timeless classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away, which not only garnered international acclaim but also prestigious awards including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Here’s the full list of Studio Ghibli films available to stream on Max in the US as part of this new agreement:

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  • Castle in the Sky (1986)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  • Only Yesterday (1991)
  • Porco Rosso (1992)
  • Ocean Waves (1993)
  • Pom Poko (1994)
  • Whisper of the Heart (1995)
  • Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
  • The Cat Returns (2002)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
  • Tales from Earthsea (2006)
  • Ponyo (2008)
  • The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
  • From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
  • The Wind Rises (2013)
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
  • When Marnie Was There (2014)
  • Earwig and the Witch (2020)
  • The Boy and the Heron (2023)

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