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Netflix, Studio Ghibli forge partnership for multi-lingual films 

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Starting February 1, Netflix users can stream and watch films from the renowned Japanese animation house, Studio Ghibli.

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Netflix, in partnership with film distribution company Wild Bunch International, said 21 Studio Ghibli films will be made available to its users in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

In a statement released Monday, Netflix said all 21 films will be “subtitled in 28 languages, and dubbed in up to 20 languages.”

Aram Yacoubian, Director of Original Animation at Netflix, said the streaming giant’s partnership with Studio Ghibli was a “dream come true” for both the company and its users.

“Studio Ghibli’s animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years. We’re excited to make them available in more languages across Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia – so that more people can enjoy this whimsical and wonderful world of animation,” Yacoubian said.

Wild Bunch International, Studio Ghibli’s film distributor, said their company believes Netflix can “promote the incredible and unique catalogue worldwide with respect to the Studio Ghibli philosophy.”

Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, for his part, expressed hope that with the films’ debut in Netflix, more people around the world will “discover the world of Studio Ghibli.”

“In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences. We’ve listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue,” Suzuki said.

On February 1, Netflix will debut Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), Only Yesterday (1991), Porco Rosso (1992), Ocean Waves (1993), and Tales from Earthsea (2006).

On March 1, 2020, the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature Spirited Away (2001) will be available for streaming on the platform together with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), The Cat Returns (2002), Arrietty (2010), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013).

The last set of Ghibli films namely Pom Poko (1994), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008), From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), The Wind Rises (2013), When Marnie Was There (2014) will be released on April 1, 2020.

Studio Ghibli is an internationally-acclaimed Japanese studio animation house founded by Japanese animated film directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki.

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