As I discovered on the Anime News Network‘s website, Studio Ghibli‘s next animated feature will be the Borrowers (Karigurashi no Arrietty), based on the 1952 novel by Mary Norton. Check out the movie’s official site here.
As the Anime News Network’s article details,
The original, Carnegie Medal-winning 1952 novel revolves around the “little people” — 10 centimeters (about 4 inches) tall — who live underneath the floorboards of an English country house. 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items “borrowed” from the house’s human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty. Ghibli’s adaptation will transport the setting from 1950s England to the Tokyo neighborhood of Koganei in 2010.
Here’s the new trailer for the film….
The article also mentions that Cecile Corbel, a Breton folk-singer & Celtic harpist from France, co-wrote and performed the theme song “Arriety’s Song.” The song will be available on December 19 from several Japanese music distribution services, including Apple’s iTunes Store.
Of course, Studio Ghibli is the movie company responsible for some of the most-loved anime films ever, including My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, among others. Hayao Miyazaki is the company’s co-founder.
Based on the legacy of Studio Ghibli, there’s a pretty good chance that The Borrowers (Karigurashi no Arrietty) will be another welcomed addition to the company’s history when it is released this summer.