If you and/or your kids have never seen any of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, do yourself a favor and get them all right now. Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and our favorite Ponyo were all put out by Studio Ghibli, the animation company founded by Miyazaki. Once we saw his first film, we ran out to collect them all and they’re in regular rotation at my house. I can practically guarantee that once you’ve seen one you’ll be taken in by the storytelling and beautifully detailed animation.
Studio Ghibli’s next film is based on the beloved children’s book series, The Borrowers, by Mary Norton. The Borrowers are a family of teeny, tiny people who live under the floorboards of a regular-sized human family. Homily, Pod and daughter, Arrietty survive by using things they’ve scavenged around the Big Peoples’ house. Not unlike mice, they generally live in fear of being discovered. But Arrietty, being a typically curious young girl, manages to meet become friends with a human boy.
Here’s the English version of the trailer (with Saorise Ronan, Olivia Coleman, Tom Holland and Mark Strong) there are several voice casts in place (Japanese, English, American), but ours will star Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Bridgit Mendler, Carol Burnett and David Henri.
Unlike most U.S. children’s films these days, Miyazaki’s beautiful tales make me feel like a kid again, full of wonder and all sweet and gushy inside. You’ll be able to catch Arrietty in theaters, early 2012.