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The Boy and The Heron confirms UK streaming release

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The Boy and The Heron reveals UK streaming releaseStudio Ghibli

The Boy and The Heron has confirmed that the film will get a UK streaming release.

The Studio Ghibli film won Best Animated Feature at this month's Academy Awards, marking renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki's second Oscar after he won in 2003 for Spirited Away.

Just days after the awards win it was announced that the film would be streaming on Max in the US at some point this year, after the platform became the exclusive streaming home for Studio Ghibli films.

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Now it has been confirmed by Netflix that The Boy and The Heron will be coming to the platform for viewers outside the US and Japan – including the UK.

This is part of a deal that sees the platform extend its own agreement with the Japanese animation studio, with an additional 22 Studio Ghibli films continuing to stream on Netflix around the world.

It is not yet known precisely when the film will launch on Netflix, but it is thought that the platform will announce a premiere date later in the year.

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The fantasy adventure film was Miyazaki's first feature film in ten years, and the award-winning filmmaker both wrote and directed the hand-drawn, original story.

Loosely inspired by Genzaburō Yoshino's 1937 novel How Do You Live?, the film follows a 10-year-old boy grieving the death of his mother who befriends a talking heron, who lures him into a magical adventure.

The Boy and the Heron not only enjoyed awards success, but also broke a number of box office records on its theatrical release last year.

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The film became the first original anime to land at number one in the US box office, and was Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's best ever US opening – before later becoming the studio's highest-grossing movie at the US box office.

Its success wasn't just confined to the States, as The Boy and the Heron also became Studio Ghibli's biggest-ever film at the UK box office within just four days of its release, overtaking hit Spirited Away.

The Boy and the Heron will be available to stream later this year – on Netflix in the UK and on Max in the US.

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