All good things must come to an end and this Summer Studio Ghibli‘s final film When Marnie Was There will finally arrive in UK in the Summer. Thanks to StudioCanal today we can have a look at the UK trailer which enchants in every corner of our hearts with melancholy bringing a smile to our faces in a wet afternoon.
In When Marnie Was there When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend. Based on the young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), When Marnie Was There has been described as “Ghibli Gothic,” with its moonlit seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful dramatic portrayals that build to a stormy climax.
Studio Ghibli is probably the only animation studio in the world that could match Walt Disney on every levels of competition, if not rise above it. It’s a shame there is so many people in the world have a negative opinion of Japanese animation, despite many of us know has a more wider appeal than most Western animation. This probably one of Ghibli’s most grounded animations,which may look like it has most of the Studios tropes minus the fantasy warriors, mythical creatures or Castles in The Sky. Still visually beautiful a film which will show case the studios diversity and why they will be missed so much world wide.
Whilst this maybe the final film from the studio, Hayao Miyazaki-san the godfather of the studio has debunked the idea there will be no more films from them. It seems they are only in hiatus to reflect on how they will deliver future films. This film was out in Japan in 2014 so they are already 2 years into that ‘break’.
When Marnie Was There will arrive in UK on 10th June and screening in both Japanese and English, the English versions’s cast includes Kiernan Shipka, Hailee Steinfeld, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine O’Hara and John C. Reilly.