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The Borrowers Announced as Studio Ghibli’s 2010 Film

Posted on: December 16, 2009

The Borrowers - also known as Karigurashi no ArriettyStudio Ghibli, the award-winning studio behind such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, announced its next project: Karigurashi no Arrietty, a movie adapted from the 1952 children’s book The Borrowers.

The movie is scheduled for a summer 2010 release, two years after the Japanese release of Ponyo. Given the pedestal that Ghibli movies are put on by the Japanese public, it’s safe to say that this has immediately become one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2010. You can bet that John Lasseter, a close friend of Miyazaki Hayao and an unabashed fan of Studio Ghibli’s work, will be bringing this movie to American shores as soon as he possibly can, too.

Read on after the jump for more about the adaptation and an interesting note about who’s sitting in the director’s chair this time.

Source: Mainichi

The novel stars a family of little people who live under the floorboards of a house, “borrowing” items and leftovers from humans in order to live. The story is about how their lives change when their existence is discovered by a young boy, and how young Arrietty Clock of the little Borrowers tries to make contact with the boy. It’s at once a wondrous little tale about tiny people living lives unknown to most humans, and a fascinating story about a family forced to leave their home behind.

The Ghibli adaptation should be fairly faithful to the original, unlike the critically panned Tales of Earthsea (AKA Gedo Senki). The main difference revealed so far is that the setting has been moved from post-war Britain to a modern borough of Tokyo. It shouldn’t change too much, and should in fact make the story more accessible.

The best part of this announcement is the name of the director: Yonebayashi Hiromasa, a veteran of Ghibli’s animation department but also a young pup in directorial terms: just 36 years old. This is another sign that Ghibli is ready to pass its torch to a younger generation, who can hopefully uphold the studio’s reputation after Miyazaki Hayao and Takahata Isao, who have directed the vast majority of Ghibli’s films, finally hang up their duds. Miyazaki and Takahata are still deeply involved with this project, of course, but if this movie turns out okay without the two anime legends having to step in, the future is bright for the studio.

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