Amazon Picks Up Gillian Anderson-Narrated Studio Ghibli Series ‘Ronja the Robber’s Daughter’

     October 14, 2016

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Back in 2014, we reported on Goro Miyazaki, the son of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, preparing to adapt Astrid Lindgren‘s Swedish children’s classic Ronja the Robber’s Daughter into a TV series of sorts. Well, that happened, as it turned out and the series debuted in Japan in the fall of 2014 to largely positive reception. It’s surprising that we’ve been waiting around for two years without any North American company attempting to bring the latest Ghibli title to the states – as they did with Goro’s first film, From Up on Poppy Hill – but the wait is seemingly all over now.

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Image via Studio Ghibli

According to Variety, Amazon has picked up the series as part of a trio of children’s shows that it’s putting up on its streaming service starting later this fall. Plans are currently set to release Ronja in November, along with Little Big Awesome, backed by the creator of Superjail!, and The Stinky & Dirty Show, which less is known about. Ghibli is also involved with Little Big Awesome, but the Miyazaki name puts Ronja in front as one of Amazon’s big releases for the fall. Gillian Anderson is being brought in to lend her voice to the narration of the series, originally done by Endô Fukiko, but no other word yet as to who else will be lending their English tones to the English-language dub of the series. That’s all well and good but the pull for most Ghibli fans won’t be the sound of the voices but rather the exquisite animation style that has made the Japanese juggernaut one of the last truly haloed companies in modern movie-making.

Here’s how the series was described on the show’s Facebook page:

The story is of a little girl named Ronja, the daughter of a colourful robber chieftain who lives in a castle high on a rock in a dark pine forest. She gets to know the creatures of the forest, meets another kid like herself, and questions her father’s life of robbery.

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