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.