First Japanese Trailer for Ghibli's Next Film 'When Marnie Was There'
New Ghibli, new Ghibli! Even though many of us have yet to see Studio Ghibli's other new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya, their very next project is due out in theaters in Japan this summer, and it's titled When Marnie Was There. Adapted from Joan G. Robinson's book, this new animated version of the Omoide no Marnie story is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (of The Secret World of Arrietty). The story is about a young girl who befriends another girl named Marnie who might just be a ghost. This is another one of those teasers based around the theme song, and it's lovely. I'm curious to see this whenever it makes its way over.
Adapted from Joan G. Robinson's children's novel When Marnie Was There (or Omoide no Marnie), it's a coming-of-age story about a young girl that befriends another girl named Marnie, who just so happens to be a ghost. The book is said to have a "special place" on Hayao Miyazaki's 50 Recommended Children's Books list (in full here). Ghibli usually adapts their animated movies directly from children's stories or fables or classic stories from Japanese folk lore. Directing is Yonebayashi Hiromasa (Arriety) from a screenplay co-written by Niwa Keiko (From Up on Poppy Hill, Ocean Waves) and Ando Masahi (character designer on Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke). It will be released in Japan this July, but won't arrive here for a while.