Ghibli’s ‘Arrietty’ to Premier in UK

It has been announced that the new Studio Ghibli film, Arrietty, is to have its premier on the 29th May in Sheffield. The premier of the film coincides with Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival.

The film is based on the classic British book The Borrowers by Mary Norton. The Ghibli adaptation follows the story of a young Borrower girl called Arrietty who lives in Japan amongst other tiny people called Borrowers. She along with her family strive to stay hidden from the humans but her whole world changes as she starts to befriend the human boy, Sho.

Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, the film was released in Japan in July last year and won an award for Japanese Animation of the Year, at the 34th Japan Academy Prize. Arrietty was rumoured to be released in the UK in August this year, although it has been updated on the UK’s new movie  release database,  to show that it will be released on the 29th July by Optimum Releasing. However, this is still subject to change.

For the UK audience, this could well bring in new followers of anime, as many children – who are now ‘grown-up’ – would have either read The Borrower’s or watched it on TV, with the BBC’s adaptation back in 1992-1993, staring Jim Broadbent and Tom Felton.

No doubt the Ghibli interpretation will be considerably different to the source material (the first being that it’s set in Japan), but will, no doubt be a delight to watch and will hopefully more popular than the previous Ghibli release Ponyo, which received mixed reviews following its release in UK cinemas last year.

The premier only costs £2.00 a ticket and you can buy them here. It is also worth noting that the premier will be in Japanese with English subtitles and therefore not dubbed. A dub has been confirmed for the UK release and will feature Bridgit Mendler (as Arrietty) and David Henrie. The film will not be released in North America until February 2012.

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