All of the works by Japanese studio Ghibli will be available from February 17 on video-on-demand platforms.
Hayao Miyazaki fans will appreciate the news. Studio Ghibli films will be available “From February 17 in VoD, both rental and digital purchase”, announced the broadcaster Wild Bunch, in a press release, specifying that this availability would be “Quickly followed by the reissue of these titles in physical video”.
Twenty-one feature films will, for example, be available on the FilmoTV platform, including classics by Isao Takahata (Pompoko, My neighbors the Yamada) and Hayao Miyazaki (Totoro, Mononoke, Chihiro), but also works by his son, Gorō Miyazaki (Poppy Hill), and Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty: The Little World of Thieves). The opportunity to dive back into these mysterious and disturbing universes.
Studio Ghibli, founded in the 1980s by Miyazaki Sr. and Takahata, has produced more than 20 animated films, aimed at both young and older audiences. FilmoTV describes these productions as “tales” and “Dreamlike fables” getting organized “Around different reading levels”. “They represent the perfect meeting point between the generations. Ancestral traditions, big and small history, initiatory journey, metaphors and allegory … So many ways to sketch the society of the two founders. “
Wild Bunch officially became, on September 2, 2020, the theaters, video and TV distributor in France of the Japanese studio’s feature films. Together, the two cinema companies had, in particular, produced The Red Turtle, Un certain regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. In addition, Gorō Miyazaki’s next feature film, Aya and the witch, in the official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, will be released in theaters in France on April 14, 2021. Adapted from a novel by Diana Wynne Jones, this is the studio’s first digital 3D film.