The Borrowers – Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s next big thing

Studio Ghibli are one of the best animation studios on the planet, so when a trailer for their next feature appears this is very good news indeed.

Bleeding Cool as uncovered the first Japanese teaser trailer for the newest Studio Ghibli film The Borrowers. If that title sounds familiar then it should as the film is based on Mary Norton‘s series of children’s fantasy novels.

The film, like the books, revolves around a family of tiny people who live by “borrowing” from regular-sized humans. Sort of like Thumbelina mixed with Fraggle Rock. There was a 1997 live-action version with John Goodman, but I’m trying to forget that one.

Unfortunately this being a Japanese animation studio the first trailer is in Japanese, making it hard to work out exactly what is going on, but mostly it seems to focus on a 14 year-old boy named Arrietty.

The film is the first to be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a Studio Ghibli artist and animator, and is based on a script by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, auteur of most of Studio Ghibli’s masterworks.

The movie is out in Japan on July 17th, but no official release for the US or Europe has been announced.