Studio Ghibli’s new film Karigurashi no Arrietty and a new short film

Suzuki Toshio’s radio show Ghibli Asemamire airs every week. The main guest a couple of weeks ago was Google Japan president Tsujino Koichiro and during their talk, Studio Ghibli producer Suzuki told that the famed Japanese animation studio is making a new short film; 10 minutes in length and made by Miyazaki Hayao. As many of the studio’s animators are working on the new feature Karigurashi no Arrietty, Miyazaki himself is even working on animating it as well. Though the short will have no dialogue, Suzuki mentioned it is very interesting, but can’t tell anymore details yet. Suzuki and Miyazaki spoke about the internet and how they were considering to use it for Studio Ghibli’s future. One idea was releasing the short on the internet on a site like Youtube. To help them, Japan’s biggest advertising agency Dentsu is providing them advice.

On another note Studio Ghibli’s new film Karigurashi no Arrietty is due for release in Japan on July 17th. The director is Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Below is Miyazaki Hayao’s original project plan for the film:

The project of the feature length animation Chiisana Arrietty is based on Mary Norton’s The Borrowers. Its location has been moved from England 1950s to Japan 2010 though. To be more exact, its specific detail location is around Koganei where things are familiar to us. A family of tiny people live under the floor of the kitchen of an old house; the fourteen year old Arrietty and her parents. They are “borrowers”; to live they borrow everything they need from the humans above them. They can’t use magic, nor are they fairies. Instead, they fight against mice, suffer from termites, dodge pesticide spray attacks, escape from cockroach traps and live cautious in order not to be seen. There still remains a classical family image though. The father has enough bravery and patience to go hunting for his family, the mother is responsible for keeping the house with creative thinking and the daughter Arrietty is a curious girl with a rich sensibility. With this, seen by 10cm tall tiny people, a world familiar to us will be restored with freshness. The story starts from the tiny people’s life. Arrietty meets a boy, makes a fellowship and separates. Finally, they escape from the storm blown up by callous humans and go into the field. The wish for this film is to comfort and encourage people who live in this chaotic and anxious time.

On Miyazaki’s project plan Studio Ghibli producer Suzuki Toshio commented, “As can you see, Miyazaki’s original title was Chiisana Arrietty (Little Arrietty), a bold change he made compared to the title of the original novel.

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