When Marnie Was There

Omoide no Marnie or translated to Marnie of Memories is an upcoming Japanese film from Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli, if you’re not aware of has produced Academy Award winner, Spirited Away and other classical films from My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Howl’s Moving Castle and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The film will be released on July 19, 2014 and is based off of the critically acclaimed novel, “When Marnie was there” by Joan G. Robinson.


With Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement more than a few months ago, the film has been written by Hiromasa Yonebayashi who will also direct the film. Hiromasa Yonebayashi has past experience with Studio Ghibli consisting of working on Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, From up on Poppy Hill and other famous works from Studio Ghibli. Toshio Suzuki who is a long time friend of Miyazaki and former president of Studio Ghibli, will produce the film. He is well known as being Japans most successful producer of all time.
“When Marnie was there”, tells the story of a mysterious friendship surrounding the main character Anna who befriends a stranger named Marnie. Much like other previous Studio Ghibli themes the story will revolve around adventure, friendship, family and belonging. The artwork for the film still uses the same 2D, “creative formula”, as past Studio Ghibi films with a few differences, but i do hope it doesn’t fail to disappoint. The soundtrack is beautiful with many instrumental tunes and complimentary color schemes. The movie has gained popularity in Japan from TV shows to commercials.  With an international release date yet to be announced I know from personal experience, Americans will be just as thrilled to see the movie. The trailer below will give you an idea about the film and later on throughout the month I will give you a detailed rating, once it’s released.

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