News Arrietty Scheduled for U.K. Home Release in November
Optimum Releasing has confirmed to ANN that Studio Ghibli's 2010 film, Arrietty, is scheduled for a U.K. home release on November 21, following the film's release in U.K. cinemas. This is the same day as the debut of Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart on U.K. Blu-ray.
As with Whisper of the Heart, Optimum did not give any more details about Arrietty at this time, although the Amazon UK site currently lists Arrietty as coming out both on Blu-ray and DVD. (The Amazon entry also gives the voice-actor names as Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett. These are the actors who will appear in the U.S. dub of Arrietty when the film opens in America next year; however they are different from the actors who appeared in the dub released in the U.K. cinemas.)
As of writing, Arrietty is still playing in venues around the country, some of which can be found here (input your postcode to find local screenings). The film was directed by the first-timer Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and co-written by Hayao Miyazaki, who has a longtime interest in the source book, The Borrowers by Mary Norton. Published in Britain in 1952, Norton's story involves a race of people a few inches high, who 'borrow' what they need from human beings. Ghibli's version focuses on Arrietty, an adventurous 13 year-old Borrower girl, who meets a human boy. The film relocates the story from England to Tokyo's Koganei district, where Studio Ghibli itself is based.
Via Anime UK News