Studio Ghibli’s THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY Gets American Theatrical Release from Disney
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 (借りぐらしのアリエッティ, Karigurashi no Arrietty, 2010), 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 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.
Studio Ghibli was co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most influential and admired filmmakers working in animation today and a major figure in the Japanese cinematic landscape. His films have inspired moviegoers and colleagues around the world, from Pixar’s John Lasseter to fantasist Guillermo del Toro to Chinese director Tsui Hark, and consistently top the box office in his native Japan.
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a top animator at Studio Ghibli. Yonebayashi was responsible for the animation in a signature scene in PONYO, in which Ponyo runs atop ocean waves.
The English language version of THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, highly successful producing partners whose films, separately and together, include THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, E.T., WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, the Indiana Jones films and the JURASSIC PARK films. In total, Kennedy and Marshall have earned 11 Oscar nominations.
English language voice talent director Gary Rydstrom is a seven-time Academy Award-winning sound designer/mixer (TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY). He joined Pixar Animation Studios as an animation film director in 2003. His directorial debut for the studio was the Academy Award-nominated short film LIFTED, and he directed the short film HAWAIIAN VACATION, which was released with CARS 2 in June 2011.
English language screenplay writer Karey Kilpatrick’s credits include SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES and OVER THE HEDGE, which he also directed (with Tim Johnson).
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY hits theaters February 17, 2012.
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Screenplay by: Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
Based on The Borrowers by: Mary Norton
English Language Version
Director: Gary Rydstrom
Executive Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall
Screenplay by: Karey Kirkpatrick
Voice Cast: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, Moises Arias
About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by Time Magazine.
About The Walt Disney Studios
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