It's another sign that Studio Ghibli is catching up with the times. GKIDS, which has distributed a lot of their recent efforts theatrically, announced that all of the brilliant films from Hayao Miyazaki's studio will finally be available on all major digital platforms to own later this month.
Right now, it's impossible to legally watch any Studio Ghibli films digitally. Even Blu-ray and DVD releases from Shout Factory and Disney don't include download codes. But beginning December 17, all but The Wind Rises (which will arrive in late 2020) will be available to own from just about anywhere you get your digital movies, both the original Japanese language and English dubbed versions.
The initial price point ($19.99 per film) is pretty steep, but there will also be a bundle of six titles (Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away) for $99.99. The entire Studio Ghibli library will also be exclusively streaming on HBO MAX when it launches in May.
A full list of titles available December 17 is below:
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
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Tales from Earthsea
When Marnie Was There
Whisper of the Heart