Studio Ghibli's Next Film is an Adaptation of The Borrowers
by Alex Billington
December 16, 2009
Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli has announced (via GhibliWorld) their next animated film, to be titled Karigurashi no Arrietty aka Arrietty Borrows Everything in English, which is an adaptation of Mary Norton's fantasy classic "The Borrowers." The new feature film will be directed by studio animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi under the supervision of Ghibli maestro Hayao Miyazaki. The Toho Company is planning on bringing the film to theaters next summer in Japan (in 2010) which means it probably won't come to the US until the year after. The theme song has been co-written by the French celtic harpist/singer Cécile Corbel.
First published in 1952, "The Borrowers" centers on a family of little people who live by "borrowing" from normal-sized humans. However, unlike the original novel, which is set in 1950's England, Karigurashi no Arrietty will be set in Tokyo Koganei in 2010 and will tell the story of 14-year-old little Arrietty. I'm already reminded of those little black dust bunnies that appeared in My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away when thinking about the story in this. And those are two of the best Ghibli films! As always, I can't wait for every new Studio Ghibli film and I'm already excited about this one, even though Miyazaki's not directing it.