Studio Ghibli’s “Arrietty” trailer in English Studio Ghibli’s “Arrietty” trailer in English

Studio Ghibli’s “Arrietty” trailer in English

While we in the U.S. await word of a domestic release of Studio Ghibli’s latest film, an international trailer of an English dub has made its way to the internet. This UK release has Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Atonement) in the lead. Disney’s later English dub will feature Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and Bridget Mendler (Lemonade Mouth) as Arrietty.

  • Can’t wait to see that!

  • Saturnome

    It’s worth noting that while we’re still waiting for Arrietty, the first clips from Ghibli’s next film (by Miyazaki jr) are out :

    • tom

      ooh, thanks for that. The more I watch Studio Ghibli, the more I prefer their “Slice of life” titles over their fantasy ones. I’m guessing that’s the way Goro Miyazaki is going with the new one?

      • Chris Sobieniak

        It might actually work out better for him in the long run if he had learned from the mistakes of Earthsea.

    • Inkan1969

      After “Tales from Earthsea”, they let Goro make another movie?

  • Hans W.

    I saw the film half a year ago at the Anima Festival in Brussels. It’s very worth while, and has the same ‘magical’ feel as “Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. Go and see it!

  • wgan

    I’m gonna see this, i just have this strange obsession with tiny human world

  • Can’t wait!

    Optimum are working with us on our new film and Saoirse ronan is from Carlow , just up the road from us here in the cartoon
    saloon and this is the first I heard of this!

  • So THAT’S where the sugar cubes disappear to!

  • 2011 Adult

    I know aiming for the target demographic is important and they have access to a slew of celebrities…… but why always cast a Disney Channel star in the lead?!

    • RZarro

      Well, if you don’t keep them busy they’ll turn into Lindsay Lohans.

  • So will it have all-Canadian voice actors for its Canadian release? Why do we need American TV stars for the US release when this seems just fine as it is? (Rhetorical question, I know…)

    • Chris Sobieniak

      We always wonder. Why couldn’t it just be standardized for all English-speaking territories at all I would say?

      • Matt

        To say the least. I’d rather see this version on US shores instead!

    • m(_ _)m

      I think it’s because of the amount of weight viewers put on the voice casts of animated films. It seems people tend to focus as much on the voice casts as they do the studios making the film. I understand voice acting can make or break a movie, but this obsession over VA name recognition is kinda disappointing. But, if Johnny Depp wasn’t Rango, would anyone have watched it?

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    • Doug

      Because then we wouldn’t get Will Arnett’s sexy voice.

      More seriously though, this is indeed a questionable decision. Darn Americanitis.

  • It certainly looks better than that John Goodman turkey!

  • Skip

    Tiny people that secretly live in the walls of human houses. Seems an awful lot like a 80’s cartoon called the Littles.

    • m(_ _)m

      The book The Littles was based on came out 15 years after the book The Borrowers is based on. Maybe The Littles TV show came before this movie, but Ghibli’s source material predates DIC’s source material.

    • Dorthea Gerhund

      OMG They totally ripped off Gulliver’s Travel’s by using something clearly based on the Lilliputians as well. Nothing unoriginal can ever be good. How shall we go on?

  • The1manriot

    Um … Hello? The Littles without tails? Anyone? No?

    • 2011 Adult

      I noticed it but kept my mouth shut.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Seems like we’re more familiar with “The Littles” than we are with “The Borrowers” as they might be in the UK. Both pretty much had tiny human-like characters living in people’s walls, though The Littles were more mice-like in their appearance.

  • Am I a bad person if I tried to figure out how an interpersonal relationship would work between the normal-sized human being and the miniature lady? I mean … if you think about it its kind of weird.

    • Sunday


      The Japanese have been exploring that one in detail for years now…… ಠ_ಠ

      • So many visual images I want to provide, so much restraint not to…

      • Chris Sobieniak

        It’s called “Thinking too hard”, just don’t do it!

    • Fell

      It’s not bad. There’s a whole fetish centered on such interpersonal relationships. And some people have a kink along those lines. And some are just curious.
      If you google ‘shrinking women’ you’ll find some, lets say, educational material quickly.

    • RZarro

      Err… ah, I do believe that is what’s commonly known as the “ship in a bottle” approach. Pip pip!

  • Sean P

    Finally! I’ve been waiting over 20 years for The Littles feature length film!

    • m(_ _)m

      The Littles already have a feature length film

      • Chris Sobieniak

        That one was a pretty fun film as I recall, a sort of origins tale of how the main kid in the show met The Littles while being taken in by a wicked ‘uncle’ after his parents were missing in a African jungle.

  • Kitty Wills

    I can’t wait for this one. As much as love Ghibli I wasn’t too impressed with Ponyo. But this looks really good, reminds me of Kiki’s Delivery or The Cat Returns.

  • Mister Twister

    I will buy the UK release then.

  • Cannot wait, new Ghibli always goes to the top of the pile.

  • John

    Why am I the only person that thinks the Ghibli drawing style and movements are crap. It’s like a child in grade school drew their films, and from someone who has never heard of squash and stretch or lip sync.

    • gingersoll

      Wow, John! The other kids at your grade school must be really good if they can draw like that. You even know about things like squash and stretch and lip synch, double wow!

      I bet when you grow up you’ll show these foreigners how animation is REALLY done!

      • Isaac

        The comment is obviously flippant and meant to satirize a certain animator, but I do have to wonder why the timing of Japanese animation, even in high-budget films, is as evened-out and unnatural as it is.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        A lot of it is usually a history thing, and often a product of what shortened TV budgets had done since the 1960’s in preventing much study and approach to such devices as timing in their animation. They sorta had to learn from the ground up, but it came down to essentially two schools of animation in Japan as I came to know ’em. One was the “Toei School” where guys like Miyazaki, Takahata and their colleagues had went through where they learned the basics and took it to other directions in their work. The other was the “Mushi School” with guys who had worked with Osamu Tezuka in his studios in the 60’s who had a more abstract, UPA-approach to their timing and execution that further served later productions from then on. Again, it didn’t help that to get out many of these films and TV shows they had to forsake the need to pre-record dialogue to animate to, and I’m sure freeing that part of the production up probably was not the best idea in the world yet they were able to make due with the results as voice acting in Japan carries on a different meaning entirely from how we see it in the US/Europe. It’s not about accuracy as it is more about the performance an actor would give the character. This also may count for the usual big-eyes/small mouth look to character’s faces that many would notice right away. Often the acting is in the eyes than in the mouth.

    • Law

      I wouldn’t call the drawing style crap but I think Miyasaki is way overrated. I really don’t get it.

      • The animation in Studio Ghibli films is usually quite well-observed but also somewhat stiff and rigid, a combination of full-animation and limited-animation techniques.

    • Heinz

      John, are you serious?

  • I saw it in Japanese over a year ago and though my mastery of the language is minimal, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Visually, it’s astounding, it doesn’t matter who voices it.
    It’s just been released here on DVD but is prohibitively expensive as all Ghibli flicks are.
    I’m looking forward to the July 16th release of Kokuriko-zakara

    • casey

      i second that! saw it last summer in japan. wonderful film.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this.

  • A couple of years ago, Pixar was the best according to Cartoon Brew’s writers and reader… forward to 2011, everybody hates Pixar because “Cars 2”.

    How much time before Ghibli “jumps the shark”? (at least in the eyes of CB’s writers and readers)

  • Heinz

    Awesome little movie! Just a week ago I received the Blu-ray (with English subtitles) from Japan. It’s expensive but really worth the purchase. I recommend the movie to everyone.

  • Heinz

    Definitely every single movie of the Studio Ghibli is unique. What a shame to know that the US release of ‘Arrietty the Borrower’ was delayed until february 2012.

  • Disney has really not served Ghibli well. This is a beautiful dub. Why not just release this? If it means we get to see Arrietty sooner on the big screen…why not indeed.

    Srsly, someone needs to negotiate a Ghibli distribution deal that doesn’t shortchange the studio.

  • Inkan1969

    Is Disney going to release “Arrietty” in time to qualify for the Best Animated Feature Oscar?

  • Seriously, people. “John’s” comment was satirizing John Kricfalusi (who I personally happen to adore, despite his closed-minded opinions on Ghibli’s style.)
    Read JohnK’s blog, and you’ll see what I mean:

    FWIW, I cannot WAIT to see this movie. I loved the book “The Borrowers” as a kid.

  • Zartok-35

    I hope this is better than that film from the late 1990s with John Goodman.