Studio Ghibli Film Catalog Streams on HBO Max in 2020

Streaming service teams up with GKIDS to distribute some 21 prestigious animated films

Mei and Totoro cuddle in the forest in a screen capture from the 1988 anime theatrical film, My Neighbor Totoro.


The upcoming HBO Max streaming service will launch in the Spring season of 2020, and thanks to a team-up with New York-based film distributors GKIDS, the service will offer something unique for animation fans: access to Studio Ghibli's catalog of 21 feature-length anime films.


The films included in HBO Max's distribution deal are:


  • 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
  • Ponyo
  • 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


Sen and Yubaba stare at a confounding customer in the Spirited Away theatrical anime film.


Referring to the distribution deal, Studio Ghibli chairman Koji Hoshino stated: "We are excited to be working with HBO Max to bring the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films to streaming audiences in the US. As a premium content brand, HBO Max is an ideal home for our films, [...] Upon launch of the service this spring, existing Ghibli fans will be able enjoy their favorites and delve deeper into the library, while whole new audiences will be able to discover our films for the first time.”


A medley of characters from the theatrical anime film Howl's Moving Castle.


Spirited AwayMy Neighbor TotoroPrincess MononokeHowl’s Moving CastleKiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and more will be available at-launch via HBO Max, with other films to follow later. For example, The Wind Rises will debut on HBO Max during the Fall of 2020. 


Source: Official press release


Image copyrights:

© 1988 Studio Ghibli

© 1992 Studio Ghibli – NN

© 2001 Studio Ghibli - NDDTM

© 2004 Studio Ghibli - NDDMT


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Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

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