American audiences are in for a treat as another of the” Walt Disney of Japan” aka Hayao Miyazaki’s beautiful animations makes its way to the states. On February 17th The Secret World of Arietty opens nationwide. The English version features voices by Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler and Disney star David Henrie.
借りぐらしのアリエッティ, Kari-gurashi no Arietti, the Japanese relsease’s title, became the highest grossing film of 2010 in Japan. While Miyazaki wrote the film, it was directed by newcomer Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
Arietty is a 10cm tiny girl who secretely lives under the floorboards of a regular house, in the suburbs of Tokyo, with her family. One day she is discovered by a human boy Sho, one of the human inhabitants of the house, and her world is to change forever!
The storyline is loosely based off of English author Mary Norton’s 1952 book The Borrowers, and there are expectations for success in the Western world.
This film, in comparison to other Studio Ghibli productions, has a more Americanized story line. That, along with the starpower and Disney backing could make this film a mainstream commercial US success!