Yesterday, Studio Ghibli in Japan officially anounced their new animated film Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty). I believe that this is something to get excited about, especially following the release of this year’s US release of Ghibli’s and director Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo.
The film will be based on Mary Norton’s 1952 novel The Borrowers. It is an award-winning book and also the basis for the film The Borrowers with John Goodman, which is what peaked my interest in the current title. The story concerns tiny people known as “borrowers” who exist in the nooks and crannies of the everyday world and borrow things from humans. Originally, the setting for the story was in 1950’s England, but for the Ghibli version the events will take place in modern-day Tokyo.¹
The theme song for the movie has also been announced and is performed by Cecile Corbel, a French harpist/singer. The song, “Arrietty’s Song” or “Song of Arrietty,” will be distributed locally online on Dec. 19. The movie itself will be released Summer 2009. ¹
1. "Ghibli Announces Borrower Arrietty Film." AnimeNation 16 Dec 2009: Web. 16 Dec 2009. <http://www.animenation.net/blog/2009/12/16/ghibli-announces-borrower-arrietty-film/>.