Netflix recently announced that it has teamed up with Studio Ponoc towards the creation of a multi-film partnership, which will bring animated feature films from Studio Ponoc to Netflix’s vast library of content. The deal also designates Netflix as the exclusive streaming home of Studio Ponoc’s upcoming films.
Based in Tokyo, Studio Ponoc was founded in 2015 by former Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura. Commenting on the new partnership with Netflix, Nishimura states:
“Studio Ponoc is thrilled to bring our storytelling and innovative hand-drawn, hand-painted animated films to all audiences, and in particular to children and their families to enjoy together, around the world on Netflix. Netflix’s genuine commitment to supporting animation as a vital and valuable storytelling medium, and to growing high-quality and trailblazing animation, makes Netflix a truly excellent partner.”
This news coincides with Netflix’s recent partnership with sports-entertainment brand WWE. The deal will take effect starting in January 2025, wherein Netflix will become the new (and exclusive) home of WWE Raw, which will be available on Netflix in several regions including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Latin America, to name a few.
With that being said, Netflix subscribers will soon be able to watch Studio Ponoc’s new animated feature film “The Imaginary,” which will be released worldwide later this year following an exclusive theatrical run in Japan.