According tomedia reports, Netflix has acquired the rights to 21 feature films from the much-loved Japanese studio Giboil, covering all markets outside the United States, Canada and Japan. Starting next month, the company will add these animated films to its library. Until recently, Gibly Studios declined to provide a digital version in any format. But just last month, the company began selling downloadable versions, and Warner Media announced that its upcoming hbo Max, which will launch in the spring, had acquired the company’s U.S. streaming rights.
Through the Netflix deal, the animated films will be available on platforms in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas. Netflix is currently subtitled movies in 28 languages and is providing new voiceovers in up to 20 languages. However, since Gibly Studios does not own the copyright, like HBO Max, “Firefly’s Tomb” is not part of Netflix’s contract.
It is understood that the first films will be released on February 1, they are “Sky City,” “Dragon Cat,” “Wonder Woman’s House,” “The Fairy Tales of the Years,” “Red Pig,” “Hear the Sound of Tao” and “The Battle of the Earth”, and on March 1st, “Valley of the Wind,” “Ghost Princess,” “My Neighbor Yamada Jun,” “Thousands and Thousands of Searches,” “Cats’ Book” , “Borrowing Girl Ellie” and “The Whispering Night” will be on the shelves until April 1st, “Peace into the Beaver War,” “Listen to the Side Ear,” “Hal’s Mobile Castle,” “Goldfish on the Cliffs,” “The Beautiful Hillside,” “The Wind Comes Up” and “Marnie in Memory.”