First Look: Studio Ghibli’s Omoide no Marnie

Studio Ghibli’s next film will be Omoide no Marnie, an adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s children’s novel, When Marnie Was There.

The novel tells the story of Anna, a lonely, brooding, adopted girl who travels to the coast to stay with a kindly older couple. While there, Anna meets Marnie, a mysterious girl who lives in ‘The Marsh House,’ a large, aging mansion by the sea. The two girls gradually become friends, a first for Anna. Then, one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into The Marsh House. Having learned so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna befriends the Lindsays — and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed…

Miyazaki fans with encyclopedic memories may recognize When Marnie Was There as one of the 50 books recommended by the maestro for children. (The rest of us can click here to see the list. Tons of great titles!)

According to, the story has been transported from England to Japan for the animated adaptation. The official press release lists The Secret World of Arrietty‘s Hiromasa Yonebayashi as the director, with the writing being done by Yonebayashi, Keiko Niwa (co-writer of Arrietty) and Princess Mononoke‘s supervising animator Ando Masashi.

I can’t wait!

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