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Ghibli’s ‘Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter’ Series Headed to Amazon Prime

Amazon will be the U.S. and U.K. home of Studio Ghibli’s first tv production, the International Emmy-winning Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter, based on the book by Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren.

Here is Amazon’s English trailer for the cgi series, which will debut January 27 via its Amazon Prime streaming service:

The 26-episode series, which first aired in 2014 in Japan, was supervised by Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill), with animation produced by Polygon Pictures (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, TRON: Uprising, The Sky Crawlers). The series revolves around the titular character, Ronja:

Born on a stormy night in a mountain fort, surrounded by her parents and a loving band of robbers, Ronja grows to be a strong and active girl, and discovers that the forest is both a beautiful and frightening place inhabited by strange creatures. She befriends the son of her father’s rival and so begins the drama of her friendship and family loyalties. We watch as she explores and understands these key factors in her life, and discovers that seemingly irresolvable choices can finally be made with the help of love and understanding.

The original series, written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki (After War Gundam X, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Psychic Detective Yakumo), has been adapted for English-speaking audiences by David Freedman. In this new version, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) will narrate; the rest of the cast, comprised of mostly English performers, includes Teresa Gallagher, Rufus Hound, Morwenna Banks, Kelly Adams, and Adrian Edmonson.

  • Mister Twister

    Astrid Lindgren FTW

  • I intend to watch this (Ghibli meets Lindgren?! OF COURSE I DO!), but the CGI on characters’ faces is full-on uncanny valley material for me. Does it bother anyone else?

    • Társio Abranches

      It bothers me. Looks like a game. I think studio Ghibli could do a little better than that. Also, I didn’t like Goro’s Tale from Earthsea, so I am suspicious about this series.

      • Mike

        Have you seen From Up on Poppy Hill? It was directed by Goro also and as the Ghili slice of life films go I thought it was actually very good.

        • Társio Abranches

          No, I haven’t. But I believe you! It must be at least a decent movie. I would watch Ronja too. Even if only the first episode.

          But what I am really curious is to know more about Pippi Longstocking. I never read the book. It looks so strange and different from others kids story.

  • Michel Van

    i watch some episodes of Ronja on Europan TV
    despite the look and feel like the Nintendo Game “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker”
    it’s very good show to watch
    far better as the atrociously CGI remake of “Heidi, Girl of the Alps” Anime (Miyazaki 1974)
    by the Belgian “Studio 100″…

  • aaronfg

    I guess there’s not a great chance we’ll be able to watch it with the original Japanese language with English subs right?

    sigh…