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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All animation is essentially dubbed when you get right down to it, but there’s still something valuable about seeing animated pictures with their original voice track intact — the timing and tone of that original dialogue is important. But Studio Ghibli’s films have earned a spot as some of the few animated pictures where I’ve been surprised to enjoy the English-language cast, to the point where I actually anticipate news about the talent used to make the new dubs.

So here’s your first notice about the localized voice cast for Studio Ghibli’s new Arrietty the Borrower: the young Brigit Mendler is voicing Arrietty for the North American release. Read More »

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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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Mary Norton‘s series of books about The Borrowers, a family of miniature people that live beneath the floorboards of a human family’s house, have already inspired a number of adaptations. The only American versions I know of are a 1970s TV movie and a late 90′s England-US co-production directed by the once undervalued, lately derailed English director Peter Hewitt.

Likely to be the most charming and beautiful version so far, however, is the upcoming Studio Ghibli adaptation, freshly announced for a Japanese release in the Summer of 2010. They do like keeping their cards close to their chests but we do know so far that they’ve relocated the story from 1950s England to modern day Japan. Other than that, it could all be very faithful or fancifully divergent. They certainly appear to have kept Arriety, the daughter of the Clock family of Borrowers, as the main character. Indeed, they’ve changed the title to The Borrower Arrietty, though this doesn’t necessarily suggest any major changes.

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