Those who are familiar with the world of anime, Studio Ghibli may be a very familiar name. Japan’s popular animation house, Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli has received countless awards including Oscars and captured people’s hearts around the world.
However, up until now, there was no legitimate way to stream Studio Ghibli’s movies in the United States. Hence, viewers were required to reach for DVD and VHS but that difficulties are soon to be ended as Warner Bros. has signed a deal with Studio Ghibli to get exclusive streaming rights to most of the film catalog of the anime company.
Ghibli’s movies will be available to stream through HBO Max which is a new streaming service expected to launch in the spring of 2020. It will initially launch for the US viewers and then for customers around the world depending on the success across the states. The platform is owned by AT&T’s Warner Media, is currently gathering up content from across the media world for the streaming service, such as Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Studio, and other US TV networks.
According to the Verge, this deal includes 21 Studio Ghibli movies: 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 and The Wind Rises.
Studio Ghibli has a distinctive way of presenting their stories such as constructing an immersive world, a procedure called world-building. They are known for creating detailed world-building than others but with the aim to suspend the viewer’s disbelief, draw them in, making them buy into the world they’ve created.
They use world-building to create a perception of immersive realism, a unique style in all of Ghibli’s films. Through majestic animation and attention to detail, the auteur Miyazaki regularly make immersive, unique films that pose a difficult balance between fantasy and reality. Their illustrators portray a work of technique and sharp attention to detail with every single scene, to accurately present the world that was in the writer’s mind.
An amazing fact about Miyazaki’s film is that they usually never consists of any script despite having a rich plot with developed characters. The writer just draws the storyboard as he writes the story.