On Oct. 24, Disney released the first U.S. trailer for director Hiromasa Yonchayashi’s “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated film from Studio Ghibli.
The film is based on Mary Norton’s children’s book series, “The Borrowers.” Like that series, the movie focuses on a fantastical world in which little people live undetected alongside the human world. As their name suggests, they “borrow” objects from humans. The whimsical story, updated to a contemporary Tokyo setting, fits well with Studio Ghibli. The studio’s previous releases include Hayao Miyaki’s “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo.”
The trailer offers a look at the English language version of the Japanese film, providing a quick look at the little person/borrower Arrietty and the human Shawn, focusing on their friendship and introducing the movie’s plot.
Watch “The Secret World of Arrietty” trailer or see “Arrietty” movie stills.
The official synopsis for “The Secret World of Arrietty”:
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts.
But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.
The English language version of the movie is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Pixar’s “Hawaiian Vacation” short) and executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The English language screenplay is written by Karey Kilpatrick (“Spiderwick Chronicles”); the original screenplay is written by Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa.
“The Secret World of Arrietty” will be released to domestic theaters Feb. 17, 2012. The original version of the film was released in Japan in 2010.
When the film is released, Pittsburgh movie-goers can see “The Secret World of Arrietty” at the AMC Loews Waterfront 22, SouthSide Works Cinema and Waterworks Cinema 10. Look for locations and movie tickets available for online purchase at Fandango.
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