Studio Ghibli and Japan’s Polygon Pictures are joining forces to produce an animated TV series for the Japanese public television channel NHK BS Premium called Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter. The series is based on the novel by author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking) and will follow the adventures of a little girl raised by robbers in a mysterious woodland area of Medieval Europe. Gorō Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, is set to direct the show which will premiere this fall.
The English-language dub version of Studio Ghibli’s 2011 film From Up on Poppy Hill opens today in New York and will expand to Los Angeles and other select U.S. cities later this month. The official theater list and current U.S. release schedule is available on the film’s Facebook page. The English-speaking voice cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Gillian Anderson, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, Aubrey Plaza and Beau Bridges. The film is being distributed in the U.S. by GKIDS Films.
Over the years, Studio Ghibli has become one of the most beloved and iconic names in animated cinema. Studio Ghibli is one of the few animation houses that still has a reverence for hand-drawn animation and nearly every film they release is nothing short of a master work; especially when the name Miyazaki is attached.