'Spirited Away,' other Studio Ghibli films head to HBO Max
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, co-founder of Japan's prestigious Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata, stands in front of his office at Studio Ghibli in suburban Tokyo after an interview about his animated film "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya." (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
LOS ANGELES - The vast catalogue of storied Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is heading to the new HBO Max streaming service.
Films such as "Princess Mononoke," "My Neighbor Totoro" and Oscar-winner "Spirited Away" will be among the titles available to stream when HBO Max launches in spring 2020.
The deal -- the first time the studio's library will be available on a streaming platform -- was announced Thursday for unspecified terms.
Studio Ghibli has a passionate fan base of its richly animated epic films from directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
HBO Max is owned by WarnerMedia, which is assembling streaming content from its networks that include TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. studio.
"Spirited Away," about an abandoned village that's a getaway for spirits and demons, won the best animated Oscar in 2002.