It’s been over three years since Netflix acquired the rights to stream 21 movies from the amazing Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli, and in November 2021 the streaming service acquired the rights to earwig and the witch, the 22nd film in the collection. After recent notices popped up about movies leaving Netflix, we can now confirm that they won’t be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
After takedown notices started appearing on some of the movies on June 1, we can now report that according to sources, the movies will remain on Netflix in regions like the UK until 2026.
First announced in January 2020, and to the surprise of everyone around the world, Netflix has picked up the international rights to stream Studio Ghibli’s amazing movies.
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The movies arrived in batches of seven between February 2020 and March 2020, and for the past three years, Netflix has been the streaming home for Studio Ghibli movies internationally. Meanwhile, in the US, Studio Ghibli has remained on HBO Max.
The first batch of movies that arrived in February 2020 has been renewed up to June 1, 2026:
- Castle in the Sky (1986)
- Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
- Ocean Waves (1993)
- Just Yesterday (1991)
- Porco Rosso (1992)
- Tales from Earthsea (2006)
The second batch of movies that arrived in March 2020 has been renewed up to July 1, 2026:
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
- Princess Mononoke (1997)
- My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
- Spirited Away (2001)
- The Return of the Cat (2002)
- Arrietty (2010)
- The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
The third batch of movies that arrived in April 2020 has been renewed up to August 1, 2026:
- Pom Poko (1994)
- Whisper of the Heart (1995)
- Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
- Ponyo on the cliff by the sea (2008)
- From Above on Poppy Hill (2011)
- The Wind Rises (2013)
- When Marnie Was There (2014)
Finally, earwig and the witch it was first added to Netflix internationally in November 2021.
In recent weeks, some of the movies had shown takedown notices within the Netflix app and were detected by trackers like ours and NewonNetflix.info’s.
Warning: My Neighbor Totoro (1988) is only available until 05/31/2023 #Last chance
— NewOnNetflixUK -fan- (@NewOnNetflixUK) May 26, 2023
Those takedown notices have now been removed and the movies, we can report, will remain on the streaming service in international territories until July 1, 2026.
In the United States, the movies remain on the newly rebranded Max service (formerly HBO Max).
Netflix declined to comment for this article.
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