Renowned for creating some of the most cherished animated tales, Hayao Miyazaki stands as the creative genius behind iconic films like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, among a vast array of cinematic triumphs. With over 100 awards under his belt, the 82-year-old co-founder of Studio Ghibli has consistently captivated audiences, leaving an indelible mark in the hearts of millions.
His latest masterpiece, and potentially his final creation, debuted in theaters on December 8th, swiftly earning its place among his revered predecessors. “The Boy and the Heron” has garnered almost universal adoration, reinforcing Miyazaki’s status as one of the most remarkable filmmakers in history.
How to watch ‘The Boy and the Heron?’
As for its streaming release, “The Boy and the Heron” is currently exclusively in theaters, indicating that its official debut on streaming platforms may be several months away. However, once the film concludes its theatrical run, it’s poised to transition to streaming platforms, much to the anticipation of fans eagerly awaiting its home release.
In the United States, most Studio Ghibli films are available for streaming on HBO Max. Outside the U.S., viewers can often access the same lineup on Netflix, though U.S. audiences might require a VPN to enjoy these beloved animated classics on the streaming platform. HBO Max boasts an impressive catalog that includes the studio’s major award-winning releases, creating an extensive library of cinematic marvels.
It’s highly anticipated that “The Boy and the Heron” will eventually join its Ghibli counterparts on HBO Max (or Netflix for non-U.S. viewers) following the conclusion of its theatrical run. By the conclusion of spring 2024, fans can expect the film to find its place on the streaming service, offering viewers a new glimpse into the unparalleled creativity of Hayao Miyazaki’s extraordinary mind.