Studio Ghibli's Borrowers adaption Arrietty gets a UK trailer

Japanese take on British novel looks impressive

A full UK trailer for Arrietty, Studio Ghibli's adaptation of The Borrowers book series, has landed online, complete with UK-specific voice talent.

There have previously been some Japanese language teasers, but this new version gives a much fuller idea of what to expect from the movie, and it looks mightily impressive.

Mary Norton's novels have been adapted before: there was an American TV movie in the '70s, a 1997 film, and a much-loved, Ian-Holm starring BBC series in the early '90s.

This version looks to have captured the innate charm of the little folk who reside in the nooks and crannies of human homes, 'borrowing' everyday items to survive, without sacrificing the visual splendour we've come to expect from Studio Ghibli.

The animation looks as rich and detailed as ever, and the action scenes as thrillingly kinetic. Hiromasa Yonebayashi makes his directorial debut, with Ghibli godfather Hayao Miyazaki overseeing production.

Unusually, this version seems to have a UK-specific cast, with Saoirse Ronan and Mark Strong lending their vocal chords to the dub. The US version features Will Arnett and Amy Poehler.

Enough dithering, here's that trailer:

Arrietty opens in the UK on 29 July, while US audiences will have to wait until next year to see it.

Like the look of Arrietty? Or will the BBC version always hold a special place in your heart? Let us know!


    • roachcard

      Jul 2nd 2011, 12:54

      I'll watch anything Studio Jibbly put out, and this looks fairly cool. Paint me intrigued

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    • willow138

      Jul 3rd 2011, 0:31

      this looks more like the Ghibli i love :-D Ponyo wasn't nearly up to their usual standard. but this looks more like the good old days of Grave of the Fireflies and Nausicca

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    • FBALee

      Jul 3rd 2011, 7:40

      Beautiful details, per usual.. so excited for this. I don't think anything could ever compare to Howl's Moving Castle visually, and Castle in the Sky will always be my favorite, but I'm sure I'll love this as well.

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    • LukeSween

      Jul 3rd 2011, 8:00

      Can't wait to see this, been revisiting all the Ghibli classics lately (Spirited away still the best closely followed by Castle in the Sky). I agree with the above, Ponyo was not their finest (still a great looking film) but this looks to be back up there with their best

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    • ddeblasio

      Jul 4th 2011, 13:39

      I feel that (American) English dubbing takes away most of its magic. I call it Disneyfication and I don't like it one bit...

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