Studio Ghibli’s classic animated films Princess Mononoke and Kiki’s Delivery Service are headed to blu-ray this November.
As first noted by Stitch Kingdom, both films, which are directed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, are now listed on Amazon.com for pre-order with November 18 release dates.
Disney, who distributes the films in the North America, has been slowly giving Studio Ghibli’s library of classic films Blu-ray releases. Films like My Neighbor Totoro, Whisper of the Heart and Howl's Moving Castle have all been released on Blu-ray previously. Curiously, Spirted Away, which is arguably Miyazaki’s most popular film in the west, has yet to be released in HD.
1997’s Princess Mononoke tells the story of a boy from a remote tribe who is infected with a curse and must travel to civilization to find a cure. He instead finds himself embroiled in a war between an industrialized city and teh spirits of the forest that borders it.
1989’s Kiki’s Delivery Service is a more light-hearted story, targeted at a younger audience. The story follows a young witch living out her required year of independence. She struggles to fit in to a normal community and begins working as a an air courier.
Miyazaki recently announced his retirement from animation. Studio Ghibli announced that they would be taking a hiatus from producing new animated works to focus on managing their existing properties.