Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Over the past day or so, the Studio Ghibli International Twitter account has been publishing photos from the studio’s new film, When Marnie Was There. The film is from The Secret World of Arriety director Yonebayashi Hiromasa, and is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson. In the book, an adopted girl who makes a ghostly friend by the English seaside. The film will move the location to Japan, and is set for release in Japan this Summer.
The images are as pretty as you’d expect from Ghibli, even if they don’t show too much. Check out a few more below.
In the gallery shots below, the brown-haired girl below is Anna, the heroine, and given the basic plotline I’d guess the blonde is her new friend Marnie.
Here’s the book summary:
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Anna hasn’t a friend in the world – until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn’t all she seems…An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises – and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays – and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed…