ICYMI: Studio Ghibli’s international rights have been bought by Netflix, meaning its back catalogue of film will be available to stream from February 1st, in all countries aside from Japan and North America (sorry guys). In an effort to offer a more international choice of film, 21 of the studio’s feature films will be available on the streaming service in various drops; the first drop will include Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, and Castle in the Sky. Studio Ghibli had expressed an interest in making its franchise more accessible, which its availability on Netflix, along with the 28 different languages of subtitles (that’s 20 new ones), will certainly deliver.
With an increasing number of streaming services becoming widely available - including Apple, Britbox, and Disney+ due to come to the UK in March - there’s definitely a rise in competition. But according to Forbes, Netflix is hardly feeling the pinch. With its constantly evolving availability of genres and award-winning TV and film releases, such as The Crown, The Irishman and Unbelievable, the rate of subscribers continues to rise.
The Studio Ghibli addition is just the start of things to come with broadening our movie horizon. As Parasite director Boon Joon-ho said in his acceptance speech for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Golden Globes, “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” In an attempt to offer more such “amazing films,” yesterday Netflix dropped a new David Lynch short film, What did Jack do? Later this month the site will also release a varied selection of docu-series too, from the Obama’s award-winning American Factory to Gwyneth Paltow’s Goop Lab, which will be perfect for those looking to heal their energy or are interested in why psychedelics are better than Prozac.
So a surreal short, an anime marathon and freeing your chakra? Whatever next? Perhaps HRH Harry and Meghan will take up Netflix’s reported job offer (apparently they’re looking for one?) and switch their titles from Duke and Duchess of Sussex to the Duke and Duchess of Streaming. One can only hope.
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