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GKids: Studio Ghibli Has No Plans to Release Films on Streaming Services

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Anime fans may never get to stream their favorite Ghibli films, at least until there's a major philosophy shift at the studio. Film distributor GKIDS told Polygon that there are currently no plans to release the anime studio's catalog on streaming services, be it Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+. The same goes for pay-per-view streaming services like Amazon Prime or Apple Movies.

"Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally, whether for download or streaming, anywhere in the world," a GKIDS representative told Polygon. "They continue to believe that presentation is vital and particularly appreciate opportunities for audiences to experience the films together in a theatrical setting."

The studio is dedicated to providing its film in theatrical settings or physical home video to its audiences. The idea could be rooted in acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki's own feelings as well. He revealed in the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness that he is a "20th century man" and uninterested in the 21st century.

Ghibli fans can keep their eyes peeled for the next tour of Fathom Events' Studio Ghibli Fest to find a theatrical screening or purchase their favorite films on DVD and Blu-ray. For now, those are the only options available.

Source: Polygon (Matt Patches) via IndieWire (Zack Sharf)

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