by Chris MaGee
There are definitely some Studio Ghibli fans on staff at the Pow-Wow, me being one of them, so when news came down in December of a new production from the studio that brought us the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata we were pretty darn excited (read our full coverage here). Helmed by first time feature director Hiromasa Yonebayashi "Karigurashi no Arrietty" is an adaption of British children's author Mary Norton's 1952 novel "The Borrowers", the story of tiny people who live under an English manor house and borrow items from the family who live in it. "Karigurashi no Arrietty"will be updated and transposed to take place in present day Japan, but the basic story will remian the same. Suffice to say that a lot of people have been excited to see any footage from this film and thanks to the folks at Affenheimer Theater (via Twitch) we can can that peek we've been waiting for. The German-language site has posted a video taken from Japanese TV that features very brief clips from the film which show the house that the Arrietty, the 14-year-old "borrower" of the title and her family live under, as well as a performance of the film's theme "Arrietty's Song" by French folk artist Cécile Corbel.
It's great to see that the brief glimpses of the animation from "Karigurashi no Arrietty" live up to the high standards of previosu Ghibli productions and portray a very picturesue cottage. Then again, Studio Ghibli is all about quality, so... Check the brief clips and Corbel's song by heading to Affenheimer Theater here.