When Marnie Was There

As audiences continue to digest Studio Ghibli’s 2013 film, The Wind Rises, the studio’s 2014 film has been revealed. It’s When Marnie Was There, directed by Yonebayashi Hiromasa (The Secret World of Arriety), based on an English language book by Joan G. Robinson. Robinson’s book is number 18 on Hayao Miyazaki’s top 50 recommended children’s book and follows a young girl who learns about friendship from a ghost.

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Hayao Miyazaki may have retired from directing feature films, but don’t fret: Studio Ghibli will continue to make new movies. The next film from the studio reportedly will be from The Secret World of Arrietty director Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

And for Miyazaki fans, the interesting factor is that an anecdotal piece of information suggest that the film might be the long-rumored sequel to Porco Rosso. That’s Miyazaki’s film about a bewitched human pilot who, trapped in the form of a pig, engages in aerial battles over the Adriatic Sea after WWI. Read More »

We’ve seen a few trailers for Studio Ghibli‘s 2010 film, known in some territories as The Borrower Arrietty, and in the US as The Secret World of Arrietty. But we haven’t seen much from the film that features English-language dialogue. Not that it really matters with a Studio Ghibli film, as the animation is pretty enough to carry us through a trailer in Japanese.

Now Disney has released the first trailer for the US release of The Secret World of Arrietty. It looks like a good version of Mary Norton‘s young adult fantasy novel The Borrowers. This one is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. See the trailer, featuring the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias, below. Read More »

An international English-language trailer has dropped for Studio Ghibli‘s Arrietty, the directorial debut of animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The new spot features the UK voice cast, which includes Saoirse Ronan as Arrietty, Olivia Coleman, Tom Holland, and Mark Strong.

Based on Mary Norton‘s classic children’s series The Borrowers, the film revolves around a 14-year-old girl named Arrietty Clock, who is one of a group of tiny people who secretly reside in the homes of regular-sized people and “borrow” supplies from them as needed. When Arrietty is discovered by a human boy, the two strike up a friendship that has big repercussions for the Clocks’ lives. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Studio Ghibli, the wonderful animation studio that has produced many wonders directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is close to releasing a new film version of Mary Norton‘s fantasy novel The Borrowers.

We’ve seen two brief teasers for the film, The Borrower Arrietty, and now there’s a third. The quality here is far better than the previous two clips, and while the text and narration is entirely in Japanese, the animation looks lovely. Read More »

Studio Ghibi has released a trailer for The Borrower Arrietty, their Japanese anime adaptation of Mary Norton‘s fantasy novel The Borrowers. The movie tells the story of 14-year-old Arrietty, who lives in peaceful anonymity with the rest of the Clock family, as “they make their own home from items “borrowed” from the house’s human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.”

The film will mark the directorial debut of animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who will become the youngest person to direct a film for Ghibli. Studio founder Hayao Miyazaki oversaw the production. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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KARIGURASHI NO ARRIETTY

Twitch has posted a short teaser trailer for the upcoming animated film from Japan’s Studio Ghibli titled Karigurashi No Arrietty (The Borrowers). Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who served as a key animator on Hayao Miyazaki‘s classics Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle or Spirited Away, makes his directorial debut. And at 36-years-old, Yonebayashi becomes the youngest person to have directed a film for Studio Ghibli. The film is adapted from Mary Norton‘s The Borrowers, a novel Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had considered developing into an animated film for the past 40 years. Here is the official plot synopsis from IMDb:

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items “borrowed” from the house’s human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

It is also worth noting a bit of trivia: The story is set in the contemporary Western Tokyo’s neighborhood of Koganei, the real-life location of Studio Ghibli. Watch the teaser, embedded after the jump.
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