Disney doesn’t just create some wonderful original animated productions for the international family audience; they also take a hand in distributing animated features from other countries for release in US cinemas or international home video. The most famous partner is this arrangement is Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli from Japan.
The international releases of Ghibli anime films from Miyazaki and other directors by Disney through its subsidiaries, also includes English-language dubbing and, at times, all-new musical scores. A few anime purists may not like some of these changes but it does help with getting a global audience for Miyazaki’s and other Ghibli works.
The following is a list of all Japanese anime films from Studio Ghibli that have been dubbed and distributed by Disney. They are divided into either cinematic or home video-only releases, with the original Japanese premiere year and the year the Disney dub came out.
- Princess Mononoke (1997, 2000)
- Spirited Away (2001, 2002)
- Howl’s Moving Castle (2004, 2006)
- Tales from Earthsea (2006, 2010)
- Ponyo (2008, 2009)
- The Secret World of Arrietty (2010, 2012)
- The Wind Rises (2013, 2014)
Home Video Release:
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984, 2005)
- Castle in the Sky (1986, 2003)
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988, 2005)
- Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989, 1998)
- Porco Rosso (1992, 2005)
- Pom Poko (1994, 2005)
- Whisper of the Heart (1995, 2006)
- My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999, 2005)
- The Cat Returns (2002, 2005)