Ghibli Studio Announces “Karigurashi no Arrietty,” or The Borrowers

by Irma Arkus

Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Ghibli studio director and animator, has announced that the next production will be “Karigurashi no Arrietty” based on Mary Norton’s book.

According to Kyodo News, the film, translated as “Arrietty Borrows Everything,” is actually based on “The Borrowers,” Norton’s best-selling novel that already received a film treatment in 1997, albeit unsuccessful, about the lives of the little, 10cm large (4″ tall), people who live underneath the floorboards of a lively house.

Now studio Ghibli will apply their own treatment to the book, focusing on the character Arrietti, a girl living underneath a kitchen floor who eventually befriends a little human boy in the house.