The American trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Secret World Of Arrietty has just been released!The Secret World of Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti) is the new movie from Studio Ghibli (home of Spirited Away and Ponyo), and while it was released in Japan last year, American fans will have to wait until February to see it. Here's something to hold us over, though: Disney, which is releasing the film in the U.S., has just put out the American dub of the trailer.
Written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, Arrietty is based on British author Mary Norton's books The Borrowers but is set in modern-day Tokyo. As in the original, tiny people live beneath the floors of an ordinary house and create their own world by "borrowing" everyday objects, which provides opportunities for all sorts of dollhouse-type cuteness. The Borrowers are supposed to stay out of sight, but Arrietty is spotted by Sho, a sickly young boy, and the two become friends. Of course the grownups interfere and bring an element of danger to the story; humans and Borrowers can only coexist, it seems, if the humans are unaware of their tiny counterparts.
Arrietty was the top-grossing film in Japan last year and won the Animation of the Year award at the 34th Japan Academy Prize award ceremony, along with a host of other honors.
The American voice cast will include Bridgit Mendler as Arrietty, along with Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Carol Burnett. The film has already been released in the UK with a different dub; the website Don't Panic interviewed Saoirse Ronan, who was the British voice of Arrietty, about the film and her experiences trying to match her voice to the animation. Mark Schilling has a nice review of the original Japanese release, with a bit of background, at the Japan Times.
As we noted earlier this year, Viz Media plans to publish two film comics, a picture book, and an art book based on the movie.