First Look at KARIGURASHI NO ARRIETTY, Studio Ghibli’s New Film

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Studio Ghibli has long been synonymous with its co-founders, the famed Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies).  Starting this summer, audiences will be introduced to Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a first time director, looking to make his own mark on the Ghibli name. His film, Karigurashi no Arrietty (lit. The Borrower Arrietty) is based off Mary Norton’s popular The Borrowers series of children’s books.  For more on the new project, as well as the first teaser trailer, hit the jump.

Arrietty is a project roughly 40 years in the making. Miyazaki and Takahata had talked about making it for years but only recently decided to commit to the project. Though it is somewhat ironic that neither is directing the long-gestating film, Miyazaki defended his decision to defer to Yonebayashi citing the need for a youthful energy in filmmaking. Yonebayashi also cited the recent economic downturn as naturally highlighting the film’s themes. He said, “The age of mass consumption is ending and, at such a time, the idea of borrowing instead of buying becomes more prevalent.”

Arrietty will be a new, and decidedly John Goodman-less, interpretation on the Norton’s books. Moving the setting from 1950′s England to present day Japan, the story will focus on Arrietty, a 14-year old Borrower who lives with her family underneath the floorboards of an old house. They borrow what they need to survive and remain constantly vigilant against being seen by their human counterparts. Being only 10cm or so in height, they must also be wary of cockroaches and other diminutive dangers.

Karigurashi no Arrietty will premiere in Japan on July 17, 2010. An American release is sure to follow, probably in time for the 2010 holiday season. In the meantime, here is trailer. The Japanese translates as

“Do not be seen by humans.”  That was the rule of the little people under the floor.

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  • kennethe

    I am surprised by how quickly this film will be shown in the USA.

    Does anybody know why this is so?

    I was looking forward to seeing Mamoru Hosoda's “Summer Wars,” which was released theatrically in Japan last Summer, and I'm STILL waiting for any mention of it coming to the States (in theaters or DVD.).

  • Corin Prendiville

    The art is nice, but they don't show anything.

    The Borrowers was kind of a dumb movie lol, but I think a Japanese take on it could be rather amusing and from this studio will probably be great. It is like the Japanese Pixar.

  • Corin Prendiville

    The art is nice, but they don't show anything.

    The Borrowers was kind of a dumb movie lol, but I think a Japanese take on it could be rather amusing and from this studio will probably be great. It is like the Japanese Pixar.

  • http://www.animepalm.com/watch-anime/naruto-shippuden-english-dubbed/ Naruto Shippuden

    I still cant belive there getting a new directer for a ghibli movie, but aw well I hope it turn's out alright.

  • Joyu

    I saw this movie on it’s opening day in Japan, it was absolutely amazing (I speak little to no Japanese and I was able to understand the entirety of the movie)
    However, I’m afraid that I don’t believe this movie will come out within the year, traditionally, I have seen that it takes one to two years for a movie to be dubbed, re-mixed (only if they change the music, which as all the music in this movie is in english already anyway, I rather doubt that they will do), and published in the us starting with movie theaters. I rather suspect that this might come out in time for either the 2011 or the 2012 holiday season or summer season, seeing as it was such a big hit in Japan and the idea of the movie is already widely known in America I would go with between the holiday season of 2011 and the summer of 2012.

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