Watch Now: Very First Japanese Trailer for Ghibli's 'The Borrowers'
Tune in all Hayao Miyazaki fans! Fellow blog Bleeding Cool has uncovered the first Japanese teaser trailer for the newest Studio Ghibli film The Borrowers. We just wrote about it last December, explaining that it's an adaptation of a series of children's fantasy novels, written by Mary Norton, about a family of really little people who live by "borrowing" from normal-sized humans. As you can pick-up from the trailer (since it's not in English), they've changed the story to be mainly focused on a 14 year-old boy named Arrietty. I'll take this any day over that Gulliver's Travels crap that Hollywood churns out. Hurry up & watch it below.
Watch the very first Japanese trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Borrowers from YouTube:
The Borrowers, or Kari-gurashi no Arietty, is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a Studio Ghibli artist and animator who is making his directorial debut with this film. At age 36, Yonebayashi is the youngest person to ever direct a film for Ghibli. The screenplay was written by master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki himself and is based on Mary Norton's series of children's fantasy novels of the same name, first published in 1952. The Toho Company is distributing in Japan, opening on July 17th this summer, but we don't know when this will hit the US. If it does well over there, Disney will probably hold onto it to release late next year. Look good?
In the books, BBC TV series - and the late-90s live action film, I think - Arrietty is a girl. Are you sure they've changed that?
PhoenixWright on Jun 10, 2010
I get a very serene and tranquil feeling from watching this...it's so peaceful and the music is beautiful.
peloquin on Jun 10, 2010
Looks good, better than Ponyo in my opinion.
ProMovieBlogger on Jun 10, 2010
yeah I was extremely excited to see Ponyo and was pretty let down by the story. The animation and creativity of individual scenes -- great! But the story... it just didn't do much for me. It is funny to say that, because at the end of the day you can say Kiki's Delivery Service and Totoro didn't "go" far story-wise, but I find those "people" stories preferable to the more recent movies, which ultimately fall a little flat while trying to be something more.
dRailer on Jun 10, 2010
j on Jun 10, 2010
Wasn't there a british kids movie that was live-action based on the same book?
LW on Jun 10, 2010
I love The Borrowers! I definintely want to see this.
erin on Jun 10, 2010
My god that looks gorgeous.
Nacmac on Jun 10, 2010
I think Arietty is a girl...
no on Jun 10, 2010
#6 - Yes, see the first comment. It starred John Goodman. The TV series with Ian Holm (Alien/Lord Of The Rings) was better.
Mathieu on Jun 10, 2010
Considering that the only borrower in the trailer is a girl i'm gonna guess Arietty is still a girl (thank goodness). Really loved the books and Miyazaki is always best when he has a set storyline to stick to... should be good!
dude... on Jun 11, 2010
The Borrower Arrietty should be better than the John Goodman (1998) The Borrowers I'm sure. LOL.
Johnny Neat on Jun 11, 2010
Miyazaki continues, even through the waferthin criticisms that everyone throws at his movies since Mononoke, to be brilliantly awesome with every Ghibli new offering. Though this story has been done stateside, as noted in 1998 film, and does remind me ALOT of the 1980s Saturday Morning Cartoon classic 'The Littles'. But given the tranquil music and lush enviromentally sound visuals, Miyazaki-San and first time Ghibli director Yonabayashi have a hit on their hands and will end up being yet another awesome addition to the already 'continues to trump both Disney's/Pixar's latest animative efforts' collection. CAN'T WAIT!!!
JamiroFan2000 on Jun 15, 2010
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
@14 Glass, good attempt at trolling, but you're so out of line trying to throw mud at Ghibli that you're just non-credible. There are Trolls out there who are real pros, you should use them for inspiration. Now take your pills, calm down and go back to the drawing board.
Alex C. on Jul 19, 2010
Didn't we see something simmilar in Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol?
Jezza on Aug 13, 2010
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