Why You May Never See Studio Ghibli Movies on Any Streaming Service

/Film | 10/16/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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When Disney+ announced the mountain of titles it would make available upon the streaming service’s launch, fans were quick to notice that the works from Studio Ghibli, the most prolific animation studio outside of Disney and Pixar, were missing. And Disney+ is not the only service to not feature any of the masterworks from the Japanese animation studio: you won’t find any Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata films on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any forthcoming service.

But that’s not an oversight: GKIDS, the indie animation distributor that took over the distribution rights to Ghibli films from Disney in 2017, says it doesn’t have any plans to bring Ghibli films to any streaming service in the foreseeable future. And there’s a very specific reason for that.

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Hayao Miyazaki hasn’t had the best relationship with Hollywood over the years. His breakout film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was butchered by U.S. distributors, who cut 20 minutes from the film and released it with the kid-friendly title Warriors of the Wind. Then there’s the infamous kerfuffle with Harvey Weinstein over edits to the American release of Princess Mononoke (which, that being said, ended up with a pretty good English dub) that lead to Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki to send the now-disgraced producer a katana with the note “no cuts.”

The 1996 deal with Disney would yield much better results, with former Pixar CEO John Lassetter, who had an obvious reverence for all of Miyazaki’s works, leading the charge in the the theatrical distribution and dub of Ghibli’s releases. But following the release of Miyazaki’s “last” film The Wind Rises, Disney let the rights lapse and GKIDs earned sole stewardship of Ghibli’s catalogue in 2017. And...
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