by Chris MaGee
Another story we've been following on the blog for some time is the upcoming Studio Ghibli film "The Borrower Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty)" (read or coverage here. Directed by Ghibli newcomer Hiromasa Yonebayashi the film is an adaptation of of Mary Norton's 1952 children's novel "The Borrowers". For this anaimted take on the book, due out in Japanese theatres on June 7th, the English conutryside is replaced by the Japanese countryside, but the story pretty much remains the same - a young boy discovers that there is a family of miniature people who live under his house who live by "borrowing" items from the human world. The young boy forms a friendship with the 14-year-old daughter of the Borrowers family, Arrietty.
Recently an extended clip from the film was broadcast on Japanese television and it shows us some pretty gorgeous footage, including a peek into Arrietty's tiny home. I'm a sucker fro Studio Ghibli and this looks like the kind of top notch animation that has made them world-renowned. Just put my head in the corner wow-ing and aww-ing with the TV commentators. Click below to see what I mean. Thanks to Wildgrounds for this.
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