‘Arrietty’ trailer debuts; fandom goes wild

October 25th, 2011

Checking Twitter this morning (like I always do), I came upon more than my fair share of tweeps chirping about how Disney uploaded the English-language trailer for The Secret World of Arrietty, the next Studio Ghibli film to grace theaters across the U.S. next year. Feb. 17, to be exact.

And since Disney included a YouTube embed code on its page, I’d be remiss if I didn’t post that trailer here as well.

My impressions: It looks like typical whimsical Ghibli fare … not that there’s anything wrong with that. It appears that Disney has much more confidence in this film than it did with Tales From Earthsea, which carried the aura of “yeah, we’re releasing this because we feel obligated to, but if you sneeze, you’ll completely miss our theatrical run for it.” This despite the fact that it’s another new director taking charge — in this case, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, previously a key animator on Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo. (Hayao Miyazaki isn’t completely out of the picture, though; he planned, supervised and wrote the screenplay for Arrietty.)

I’d love to check out the original novel, The Borrowers by Mary Norton, on which the movie’s based. But considering I have yet to read either Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle or Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels, that may be more a pipe dream than anything. There’s also a setting shift between Norton’s novel and Arrietty — the novel is based in 1950s England, the movie in present-day Koganei, Japan (which hard-core Ghibli fans will recognize as the Tokyo suburb in which Studio Ghibli is located).

With this and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the video game collaboration between Ghibli and Professor Layton studio Level-5, arriving in the U.S. via Namco Bandai, 2012 is shaping up to be a fun year for Ghibli fans. I’ll probably check Arrietty out come mid-February; will you?

2 Responses to “‘Arrietty’ trailer debuts; fandom goes wild”

  1. AniMatsuri:

    This show could possibly be the most successful Ghibi film in the U.S. yet as The Borrowers is a well known children’s story probably better known than both Howl’s & Earthsea put together. Setting it in present day Japan will also make it more relatable to modern day kids there and here.

  2. Diane:

    No time to read? One suggestion: Audiobooks can be your friend… ;-)

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