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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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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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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