Fans of Studio Ghibli’s output will have probably already caught their latest, “The Secret World of Arrietty” already, but for those of you waiting for the English-dubbed version to show up in Stateside theaters, good news, it’s almost here. Check out the U.S. trailer for the animated film below. The last Ghibli movie I saw was “Ponyo”, which was insanely cute. “Arrietty” doesn’t seem to be going for that same kind of cuteness overload, and for some reason the main male lead’s voice sort of creeps me out.
Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.
Featuring the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, Moises Arias, and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. For some reason, Gary Rydstrom is also credited as the director on the “English version” in the Disney press release.
Borrowing your things next year February 17, 2012.