A classic children’s books series is the inspiration for a beautiful animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Anime fans and Japanese culture fans know Miyazaki for films like Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Castle in the Sky.
Arrietty the Borrower (借りぐらしのアリエッティ) is based off the The Borrowers series by Mary Norton and, like the books, focuses on a young, and very tiny, girl who lives in a dollhouse. She and her family are borrowers, taking the occasional thing they need from the massive humans and generally keeping out of sight. However, like many 14 year old girls, Arrietty is curious and humans fascinate her, which leads her into adventures and danger when she comes into contact with humans who wish to somehow profit from her kind.
Since we’re talking Studio Ghibli here, you know the animation is superb and absolutely beautiful. It won’t see a US release until February of 2012 which is horrible because I don’t think I can wait that long! Dig on the trailer below because, if you love Miyazaki’s work, you’re going to be enchanted by this.