Studio Ghibli’s Karigurashi no Arrietty stealing hearts and …pinchclips?
Posted on June 14, 2010 by Kris Nelson
If you loved The Littles, you’ll most likely like Studio Ghibli’s latest, Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty), where a pixie-sized family lives amongst Nature and “normal” humans, lifting remnants and baubles from the actual-sized families they secretly live with, and, in Ghibli fashion, befriend an open-minded youth. The screen shot above shows an imageboard of fearless and curious Arrietty meeting The Boy.
Based on Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, Karigurashi no Arrietty marks the directorial debut of former Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi under the wing of remarkable Hayao Miyazaki, of course.
If you were wondering what ever happened to Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale, Death Note), he lends his voice as “Spiller”, a 12-year-old “Borrower”, who chats up Arrietty in Borrower-speak, mispronouncing many “Human Bean” terms and phrases.
If you like Loreena McKennitt, you might also like sweet French harpist Cécile Corbel, saccharine-ly singing Karigurashi no Arrietty‘s tranquil theme song in English and enunciated Japanese.
Enjoy the clip below… please try to ignore the man in the background who sounds like he’s really enjoying the preview, but who wouldn’t be excited? Geeburiiiiiiii!
Japan release July 17th.