The cartoons of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki will be removed from Russian online cinemas on June 1.
According to a TASS source, the distributor of the cartoons did not manage to extend the rights to show them. Until the expiration of the deadline, cartoons, including “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Carried by Ghosts” and “Moving Castle”, can be bought on “Kinopoyske” for one ruble. Experts believe that the sales service strives to preserve the content and the audience after the rights to the pictures have expired.
Miyazaki’s cartoons have received many awards, film critics consider them to be among the golden fund of world animation art. In the tapes, which describe everyday life in detail and contain many literary allusions, the topics of children’s psychology, ecology, and history are raised. In the summer of 2023, Miyazaki plans to release a new cartoon “How are you?”.
Previously, films by the American studio Disney, films about Harry Potter by the studio Warner Bros., series by BBC Studios disappeared from Russian online cinemas: the studios decided not to extend the license to show their tapes in Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine. For the same reason, Netflix left Russia.