If you’re waiting for Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away to premiere on Netflix, you might as well do something else with your time.
Per Polygon, Studio Ghibli has made it clear that they have no plans of licensing their films to any streaming platform in the near future. Apparently, the company believes that the theatrical experience is still the best way for the pvblic to appreciate their movies.
‘Studio Ghibli does not make their films available digitally, whether for download or streaming, anywhere in the world’ says GKids, which holds the films’ North American distribution rights.
‘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’s decision could be credited to its founder, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, who has described himself as ‘a man of the 20th century‘.
Aside from ‘Mononoke’ and ‘Spirited’, Studio Ghibli has produced many acclaimed animated features, including My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle. For now, at least, we’ll have to stick to watching their works at this year’s Ghibli Fest or home video, for better or worst.