Watching a Studio Ghibli animation is nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster. Just like the world’s best pokies, the films are brimming with some of the best animation you’ll ever see, backed up heartfelt stories, and enchanting soundtracks. Now, all 21 of the studio’s animations are headed exclusively to Netflix.
You may have already noticed the first wave of releases, which kicked off on February 1st and March 1st. The rest will be going live on April 1st. Let’s take a look at what these amazing films have to offer.
Laputa: Castle In The Sky (1986)
The first official release from the studio, and one of the most memorable. This film tells the story of a young lady sets off on a mission to save the Castle in The Sky, pursued by pirates.
My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
After two sisters move to a strange new land with their mother, they befriend some of the most bizarre, yet lovable creatures you’re likely to see in widely loved animation.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
An absolutely charming, visually stunning film that can warm even the iciest of hearts. A witch must leave home and find a job.
Only Yesterday (1991)
An office worker takes a trip back to the countryside she left long ago, and is reunited with a part of herself she forgot.
Porco Rosso (1992)
A pig fighter pilot takes to the skies in one of the more stunningly animated Studio Ghibli creations. If anything, this lesser known release will blow you away with incredible attention to detail in depicting aerial combat.
Ocean Waves (1993)
One of the least popular Ghibli films. Ocean Waves tells the story of a high school love triangle.
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
An adaptation of the popular Ursula K. Le Guin fantasy novels.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Not technically Studio Ghibli, as it came before the house name was adopted. Humans face off giant insect horrors in a post-apocalyptic setting.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Princess Mononoke examines the relationship between civilization and nature, and in true Studio Ghibli style, none are depicted as the ‘bad guys.’
My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)
Ignored by some because it doesn’t use the traditional animation style of the studio, but still an absolutely delightful romp for those who can accept the watercolour art.
Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away tells the tale of a young girl and her family who land up getting side-tracked on their way to a new home. It is a surprisingly dark and haunting story, with the girl been swept up into an alternate world of troubling spirits, and frankly nightmarish situations.
The Cat Returns (2002)
Some call this the Ghibli take on Alice in Wonderland, with talking felines depicted side by side with humans.
The Secret World OF Arrietty (2010)
A young boy discovers a world of tiny people living in the floor of his new home.
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
Using a watercolour style that some fans don’t like, The Tale of Princess Kaguya tells the tale of a mysterious woman who is taken from her natural habitat to be groomed into a noblewoman.
Pom Poko (1994)
This one is famous for the bizarre story of raccoons going up against real estate developers, and baffling those not familiar with Japanese mythology.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Not sharing the well-loved animation style of other releases, and seeming more traditional anime, a shy girl befriends a violin maker.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
One of the more divisive releases, Howl’s Moving Castle lacks the coherence of other releases, but is still a visual feast for the eyes.
A retelling of the Little Mermaid that may be too sentimental for some, but still offers gorgeous animation that will satisfy those who love the studio’s visuals.
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Set against the backdrop of 1960s, the story focuses on a blossoming relationship at a boarding house.
The Wind Rises (2013)
Following the story of an aviation obsessed man in the 1930s, there is a strong focus on sweeping landscaped depicted in stunningly realised artwork.
When Marnie Was There (2014)
The most recent Studio Ghibli release is visually impressive, with a focus on a ghost befriending a lonely young girl.