Ghibli's Karigurashi no Arrietty to Open on July 17
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Studio Ghibli has announced that its newest feature film project, Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty), will open in Japanese theaters on July 17, 2010. The announcement was made during the television premiere of Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo movie on February 5. The announcement included a teaser trailer for Karigurashi no Arrietty and an interview with Cécile Corbel, the Breton folk-singer & Celtic harpist from France who co-wrote and performed the "Arriety's Song" theme song.
Karigurashi no Arrietty is an adaptation of Mary Norton's The Borrowers (Yukashita no Kobito-tachi) fantasy novel. Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki has been planning the film since July of 2008, but as previously revealed by producer Toshio Suzuki, Miyazaki is not directing the next film. 36-year-old animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi is making his directorial debut with this project.
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. (The Japanese title of the book literally means "the little people under the floor.") 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. (Koganei is the western Tokyo home of a number of Japanese animation studios, including Ghibli itself.)