Though Pixar are often considered the reigning champs of cinematic batting averages (they have one of the best records for quality), Studio Ghibli is their equal, which may explain why Pixar’s John Lasseter has shepherded Ghibli’s work into American theaters. This has everything to do with filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, whose work on films like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away puts him in the pantheon with Walt Disney. The Secret World of Arrietty wasn’t directed by him (though he has a credit as its planner), but it falls in line with his whimsical children’s films. Our review of the Blu-ray of Arrietty follows after the jump.
Disney has released the trailer and poster for Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty. The film is an adaptation of Mary Norton‘s children’s novels The Borrowers, which focuses on miniscule people who attempt to hide their existence and steal (or borrow without intent to return) items from human beings in order to survive. The trailer makes the movie look delightful and something kids and their parents would really enjoy. Click here to read David Corbin’s positive review of the Japanese-language version.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The English-dubbed version features the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias. The Secret World of Arrietty opens February 17, 2012.