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October 27, 2011

Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli enters ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’

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Shawn, voiced by David Henrie, is astonished to find Arrietty, voiced by Bridgit Mendler, a tiny person who lives hidden with her family under the floorboards of the house where he's staying in Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty." (© 2010 GNDHDDTW)

American fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo” will have an opportunity to see another hand-drawn, anime-style movie from Miyazaki’s Tokyo-based animation company, Studio Ghibli, in U.S. theaters in February when the Walt Disney Co. releases “The Secret World of Arrietty.”

Based on Mary Norton’s fantasy novel “The Borrowers,” “Arrietty”  is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. The film tells the story of a family of tiny people who live in a mysterious world beneath the floorboards, sneaking away with sugar cubes and flakes of soap from their human hosts. When a 12-year-old human boy comes to stay at their home,  he develops a secret — and potentially dangerous — friendship with their daughter, Arrietty.

In Japan, “Arrietty” was the third-highest-grossing movie of 2010, after “Alice in Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3.” In the U.S. version, Arrietty is voiced by Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie”), her parents by Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, the boy by David Henrie and the housekeeper by Carol Burnett.

Disney released the trailer for “Arrietty” on Thursday. The film arrives in U.S. theaters Feb. 17.

–Rebecca Keegan, twitter.com/@thatrebecca

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