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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Studio Ghibli borrows 'Arrietty' for 2012 release

Studio Ghibli, the totally splendid Japanese animation production house, has released an English-language trailer for its 2012 release, The Secret World of Arrietty. While Studio Ghibli's best known for the modern classics by director/co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, including Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the youngest director in the company's history, helms Arrietty (although Miyazaki co-wrote the screenplay). Called The Borrower Arrietty in Japan, the film adapts Mary Norton's classic 1952 children's book The Borrowers, which was most recently made into a tepidly-received John Goodman film in 1997. Judging from the trailer, the eponymous Arrietty looks like a typical Studio Ghibli heroine: a smart, spunky young woman who experiences adventures as a member of a doll-sized race of beings who live in the homes of unsuspecting humans. Could be fun for all ages.

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