GKids has announced they will release the entire Studio Ghibli catalog of animated films for Digital HD/VOD purchase for the first time in North America on December 17th.
This marks the first time Studio Ghibli films will be available for digital purchase anywhere in the world and comes ahead of the previously announced an exclusive U.S. streaming deal with HBO Max for the Studio Ghibli library starting in May.
The titles will include Oscar winner “Spirited Away” along with all the other two dozen or so classics like “Princess Mononoke,” “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind,” “Castle in the Sky,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Ponyo”, “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” “Porco Rosso,” “Only Yesterday,” “Ocean Waves” and more.
There are three exceptions – “Grave of the Fireflies” doesn’t fall under Ghibli’s banner and is already available on digital services (dubbed only), same with the co-production “The Red Turtle”. Also “The Wind Rises” won’t arrive until later in 2020.
Films will be available to purchase in both English and Japanese languages on all major digital transactional platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, VUDU and so forth. Each film will be available as digital HD download-to-own at a retail price of $19.99. No rental options are available.