New Ghibli movie

18 Aug

Do you know the Japanese animation studio 「スタジオジブリ」 (Ghibli Studios)?

It is the movie studio of master animator 宮崎駿 (Hayao Miyazaki).

This is the studio that released classic Japanese cartoon movies such as 「崖の上のポニョ」 (Ponyo On The Cliff), 「となりのトトロ」 (My Neighbor Totoro), 「もののけ姫」 (Princess Mononoke), 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (Spirited Away), and 「ハウルの動く城」 (Howl’s Moving Castle).

「千と千尋の神隠し」 ("Spirited Away")

Well, 「スタジオジブリ」 (Ghibli Studios) has released a new movie in Japan last month.
It’s called 「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」 (“Arietti The Borrower“).

「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」 ("Arietti The Borrower")

The movie is based on the children’s story “The Borrowers” about a family of tiny people that live in a house of a “normal sized” family…and they “borrow” small things from the house, such as a wrist watch to use as a clock. And they’re discovered by the boy that lives in the house.

The original story took place in England, I believe. But the Ghibli movie version takes place in Tokyo.

Here’s a trailer for 「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」 (“Arietti The Borrower“):

Have you ever watched a 「スタジオジブリ」 (Ghibli Studios) movie?
Which one is your favorite?

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26 Responses to “New Ghibli movie”

  1. benn December 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I love “Ponyo”, “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away”! It is always nice to see animations done with such detailed passion.

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    • tokyo5 December 9, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

      >I love “Ponyo”, “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away”!

      Yes, they’re great movies. Have you seen any other Ghibli movies?

      >It is always nice to see animations done with such detailed passion.

      They’re high quality works. Nearly every one of their movies is completely hand-drawn too. And the artwork looks so realistic!

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  2. jiji970 November 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    XD I like most of the Ghibli’s movies…..their soundtrack and theme song is sooooo nice~
    the Ghibli Museum?? I heard that there is a huge Totoro in the museum…. ??

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    • tokyo5 November 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

      Yes, the Ghibli Museum is fun.

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  3. Eva August 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    Totally agree that Spirited Away and Totoro are the best!! I also like Kiki’s flying adventure….Do visit Ghibli Museum if you are a fan of Hayao Miyazaki. His talent and aspiration will definitely blow you away…..

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    • tokyo5 August 27, 2010 at 2:15 am #

      >I also like Kiki’s flying adventure….

      Actually, I believe the English title is “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. The Japanese title is 「魔女の宅急便」 (“The Witch’s Express Delivery Service”).

      Anyways, I agree. It’s a great movie too.

      >Do visit Ghibli Museum

      Yes, any Ghibli fan who comes to Japan should go there.

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  4. Rachael August 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Totoro and Spirited Away ❤

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    • tokyo5 August 27, 2010 at 2:11 am #

      Those are two excellent movies.

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  5. hakuchin August 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    mhhh this looks pretty interesting!
    I love Ghibli movies and still haven’t had a chance to watch Ponyo but I know the original story of this new movie! I think I often read the story when I was a child. Ahhh, so nostalgic!

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    • tokyo5 August 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

      The story of 「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」 (“Arietti The Borrower“) sounds familiar to me, as well.
      Maybe I saw a version of it on TV when I was a kid. If so, I must have been young because I don’t clearly remember it.

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  6. Anonymous August 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    if haven’t watched “howl’s moving castle” you should!!!

    it’s my favorite,, along with princess mononoke..

    this new movie seems good too !

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    • tokyo5 August 21, 2010 at 2:14 am #

      Those are your favorite Ghibli movies?
      They’re great…but I think 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (“Spirited Away”) is best.

      「ホタルの墓」 (“Grave Of The Fireflies“) is quite sad. Have you seen it?

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  7. tokyo5 August 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    RattRocker :

    …I will try to get my hands on a copy of Totoro then.

    I recommend it.

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  8. RattRocker August 19, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    I have seen KiKi’s Flying Adventure and Spirited Away, I thoguht both were really good movies.

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    • RattRocker August 19, 2010 at 1:38 am #

      I also thoguht that how the girl’s parents turned into pigs was very odd and a little creepy

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      • tokyo5 August 19, 2010 at 1:58 am #

        Actually many aspects of Ghibli movies are “very Japanese”.

        I wonder how they explain some things in the English versions of Ghibli movies…for example, in 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (“Spirited Away”), the girl’s name is “Chihiro” but the old witch at the bath-house changes her name to 「千」 (“Sen”).

        It’s a play-on-words in Japanese…but how do they explain it in English,

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    • tokyo5 August 19, 2010 at 1:53 am #

      >I have seen KiKi’s Flying Adventure and Spirited Away, I thoguht both were really good movies.

      Yes, they are great.
      You should watch “Totoro” too!

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      • RattRocker August 19, 2010 at 7:30 am #

        I haven’t seen them in a while so I can’t really answer your question, but I will try to get my hands on a copy of Totoro then.

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  9. tokyo5 August 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    Why do you like tanuki so much?

    Can your story be seen online?

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    • Natalie L. Sin August 19, 2010 at 2:16 am #

      They frolic and love food. Except for the frolicking, it’s like me ; ) Also (according to what I read) they’re very playful and sweet, except during mating season. Then it’s every man for himself!

      The story will be in a print magazine, while my other two Japan-based shorts will be in anthologies. I do have several stories online, but they are set in America or Hong Kong. If you’re interested, I have links up at my blog.

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      • tokyo5 August 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

        I’ll check them out on your blog.

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  10. Natalie L. Sin August 18, 2010 at 2:27 am #

    The only other one I’ve seen is “Princess Mononoke,” which was OK. I usually don’t get into animated movies (from any country), but Totoro peaked my interest. I also liked “平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ.”

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    • tokyo5 August 18, 2010 at 3:29 am #

      >I also liked “平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ.”

      That movie features a Japanese mythological creature called たぬき (Tanuki).

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      • Natalie L. Sin August 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

        I love Tanuki : ) I wrote story about them, that was recently accepted.

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  11. Natalie L. Sin August 18, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    Totoro! : )

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    • tokyo5 August 18, 2010 at 2:03 am #

      You like 「となりのトトロ」 (“My Neighbor Totoro“) the most?

      It is a good movie…one of my favorites too.

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