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Anne of Green Gables: Road to Green Gables (Akage no Anne: Green Gables e no Michi), a compilation film of Nippon Animation and Isao Takahata's classic Anne of Green Gables (Akage no Anne) television anime series, will open in Japan on July 17. The official website is streaming a trailer. (In the linked page, select the "予告" button in the lefthand menu for the large version of trailer, or go to the trailer page for the small version.)
The story follows the Canadian orphan girl Anne (Eiko Yamada) as she is adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert — even though the Cuthberts had "ordered a boy." Nevertheless, the three become a family as Anne grows up from 11 to 17 years old on the countryside of Prince Edward Island.
Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko) directed the animated television version of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables novel in 1979, a few years before he and Hayao Miyazaki would found Studio Ghibli. In fact, Miyazaki (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, Ponyo) worked on the layout and designs for the first 15 episodes, and future Ghibli director Yoshifumi Kondô (Whisper of the Heart) designed the characters and oversaw the animation production of the series.
Takahata had personally supervised a compilation of six episodes from the television series in 1989. However, the resulting compilation film did not receive an official release at the time. The Mitaka no Mori Ghibli Museum Library label is releasing the film as part of its collection of international animation classics. Last year, Nippon Animation produced the Before Green Gables prequel television series.
Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō
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