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Goro Miyazaki Will Direct Studio Ghibli’s First TV Series “Ronia The Robber’s Daughter”

Studio Ghibli will produce its first animated series for television with Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill), at the helm. Titled Ronia the Robber’s Daughter (Sanzoku no Musume Ronia), the CG series is based on the book of the same name by Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking).

Set in a medieval European forest, it is a coming of age story revolving around Ronia, daughter of a bandit tribe’s chief, whose fascination with the mysterious creatures that live in the forest leads to an encounter with a boy named Birk, the son of an enemy chieftan.

Ronia the Robber’s Daughter is a story not just about a girl who grows into adulthood,” Goro Miyazaki says, “but it is also a story about the love and growth between a parent and child, and a story about the bonds between friends. My goal is to create a work that everyone, from children to adults, will be able to enjoy.”

Written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki (After War Gundam X, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Psychic Detective Yakumo) with animation produced in partnership between Studio Ghibli and Polygon Pictures (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, TRON: Uprising, The Sky Crawlers) the show will air on Japan’s public broadcasting network NHK and satellite channel BS Premium beginning this fall.

(Source: Anime News Network)

  • GW

    This is a pleasant surprise. I’d never expected Studio Ghibli to make a tv series but as the company evolves in the post-Miyazaki era I can understand how they’d want to try something new.

  • Ghibli Fan

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this. Hopefully we’ll get a North American release of the show.

  • Beamish Kinowerks

    god, please, not with Goro as showrunner.

    • GreatCatSbee

      What’s wrong with Goro? You know, he’s like the Julian Lennon of animation. Maybe his retired dad will have a chance to be a better father and show him the way. I’d love to see an old Goro making a film about his childhood sometime.

  • SaburoDaimando

    Somehow, I’m picturing Claire Corlett as a suitable voice for Ronia.

  • Almost sounds like a throwback to the shows Takahada and Miyazaki worked on when they worked at Nippon back in the 1970s (i.e. Heidi, Annie of the Green Gables, Marco, Future Boy Conan). It’s equally compelling because both Miyazaki and Takahada wanted to direct a Pippi Longstockings film back then but could not get the rights. In the end, the came up with Panda Kopanda as a compromise (which can be seen as sort of a prototype of My Neighbor Totoro).

    Miyazaki Jr. seems to have become a more competent director recently. Up on Poppy Hill was a big improvement over Tales from Earthsea. Maybe high fantasy just isn’t his thing?

    • markus

      Lindgren hated animation. It’s now first after her death, when her descendants are in charge, her stories are approved for animation. They made that awful cartoon series of Pippi in the late 90’s, when Astrid was so old she didn’t even know who she was (or such). Here in Sweden we had a hand drawn feature of Emil of Lönneberga, made by legend Per Åhlin, to premiere this Christmas.
      My feeling now is that Astrids’ people totally regrets that Hayao’s film was rejected.. But i don’t know

      • Rickard

        Lindgren approved the Nelvana movie and show, and there was never any negative comments from her.

        What I do know she turned down not that much earlier than Hayao’s movie was an offer from Hollywood that would make Pippi and crew secondary characters to a romantic couple… in a Pippi movie.

        Hayao was just unlucky.

  • CG?!

  • MaskedManAICN

    Very Cool- haven’t seen any Miyazaki (inspired) art on TV since the days of Conan – Future Boy :)

  • Johnny

    Here’s a trailer for the other 3DCG TV series Polygon Pictures is working on.

  • Cak Waw

    just wait and see… :)

  • ZHD

    It`s misleading to announce that Studio Ghibli will produce it: (if you can read French)

    “Le Studio Ghibli ne sera impliqué qu’en assistance à la production, le copyright du projet ne les mentionnant d’ailleurs pas du tout (© NHK – NEP – Dwango, licensed by Saltkrakan AB, The Astrid Lindgren Company)“ = Studio Ghibli will have a role in production only as a support, actually, the copyright doesn`t mention the studio at all (© NHK – NEP – Dwango, licensed by Saltkrakan AB, The Astrid Lindgren Company).

    • Chris Sobieniak

      So I guess it’s some sort of co-production.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Not sure how much Anime News Network could be believed, but it looks as if this is nothing new for the studio has they had often helped out other studios in subcontracted work on other popular animated films and TV shows over the years.

  • Steven Bowser

    Why in CG? I liked how Ni No Kuni looked, but it still doesn’t have the same vitality that their 2D has. The cutscenes were better in that game anyways.

  • Johnno

    Not fond of the CG approach, but if it’s the quality of the Ni No Kuni videogame that Ghibli worked on, then it could still look neat.