Studio Ghibli's Next Film is an Adaptation of The Borrowers

December 16, 2009

The Borrowers

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 C├ęcile 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.

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Wow, this brings back memories. Sure to be another gem.

GoodSir on Dec 16, 2009


From an interview I read with Miyazaki, he said he's going to be moving into a more production-oriented role from now on and let the younger film makers at the studio take the reigns on new projects to give them the exposure they deserve; similar to the Blomkamp-Jackson or Burton-Acker relationship. It's great to see him mentoring the young talent at his studio and I expect nothing less than perfect from his apprentices.

peloquin on Dec 16, 2009


Miyazaki not directing for much longer? Hallelujah! Thank God we're going to be spared any more of his cinematic sludge! Now if we can just nuke Studio Ghibli and be done with it.

SlashBeast on Dec 17, 2009


Miyazaki is said that 79 years in active service. Miyazaki is not yet determined his next movie. However, 2013 will be published. Takahata work has also declined.

ippo on Dec 19, 2009


Ugh, hackhouse Studio Ghibli is pouring out more of their cinematic sludge? These guys are ruining animation. Pixar will continue to ejaculate directly in their faces because their movies have a compulsive need to have interesting characters, developed stories and narratives that actually make sense. Fuck these shiteaters.

Glass on Jul 4, 2010

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