Studio Ghibli films go live on major digital platforms in the US and Canada
Critically acclaimed titles like Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and the award-winning Spirited Away will be available for rent for as low as $3.99. However, although Google Play lists these videos for $5.99, it has a promotion and they are currently available for rent for just $3.99.
All films are in high-definition, and users can rent the original Japanese or English dubbed versions.
Other films now available for rent include Castle in the Sky, Ponyo on the Cliff, Mani in Memories, Mononoke, Repayment of the Cat, Kaguya Monogatari, Aya and the Witch, “The Hillside where Poppies Bloom”, “My Neighbor Yamada-kun”, “The Valley of the Wind”, “I Heard the Sound of the Wave”, “A Fairy Tale of Time”, “Heisei Tanuki War”, “Red Pig”, “Arrietty Who Borrowed Something”, “Tale of the Earth and Sea”, “Listen”, “The Wind Rises”.
For years, the Japanese animation studio did not offer their films digitally and viewers could not legally download them. In 2017, American film distribution company GKIDS acquired North American theatrical distribution rights to Studio Ghibli. As of 2019, Studio Ghibli films are already available on Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, and Canada in the US and CanadaMicrosoftDownload and own.
GKIDS also has a US streaming deal with HBO Max, which will bring 21 Studio Ghibli films to the platform in 2020.
Now customers can rent movies, and they no longer have to pay $9.99 or $14.99 for the HBO Max package. They also don’t have to buy a Studio Ghibli movie for about $12 to $17 on digital platforms. Viewers can enjoy many beloved anime movies at lower prices.