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Netflix picks up Studio Ghibli’s newest film

Earwig and the Witch, the studio's first 3D-animated feature, will launch internationally on November 18.
October 14, 2021

Netflix has acquired Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli’s latest film Earwig and the Witch to launch internationally (excluding Japan and the US) on November 18.

Studio Ghibli’s first fully 3D/CG-animated feature stars a young orphan who discovers magic after learning she was adopted by a selfish witch. Based on Diana Wynne Jones’s novel of the same name, the family-friendly movie premiered on Japanese pubcaster NHK in December 2020, and the agreement with Netflix marks its first international foray.

Thanks to a deal it inked in 2020, Netflix now has the international streaming rights (excluding Japan and the US) to all of Studio Ghibli’s 22 films, including family-friendly titles such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. The acquisition has been a boon for the SVOD, which said in a release that more than 55 million households worldwide have watched at least one of these titles.

HBO Max currently has the US rights to Studio Ghibli’s film catalogue.

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