A friend of mine is currently making his way through this an online list of famous anime, and he’s complaining about all the exercise his tear ducts are getting. This should come as no surprise to proper otaku as they know that when the big Japanese animation studios are not obsessed with teenage boy fantasies of giant robots and girls with really large, really round… eyes, then they can produce some incredibly emotional stories.
And one of the main culprits in making you feel ALL DEM FEELZ is the widely celebrated Studio Ghibli, which under the guidance of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki has been producing emotional works of art like Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and more for decades. With Miyazaka recently retiring, Studio Ghibli are taking a hiatus to restructure without their leader, but not before releasing one last film in When Marnie Was There.
The film, which looks appears to be hitting all those vintage Ghibli notes despite it being directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and not Miyazaki, has finally got a US trailer out, featuring the work of it’s A-list English voice cast led by Oscar nominee Haylee Steinfeld. And it looks beautiful! Check it out below.
Anna hasn’t a friend in the world – until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn’t all she seems…An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises – and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays – and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed…
When Marnie Was There also stars John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine O’Hara, Kiernan Shipka, Grey Griffin, Ava Acres and Raini Roodriguez. It will have a limited international release on May 22, 2015.
Last Updated: April 21, 2015
May 8, 2015 at 03:27
The Japanese voice cast is better. The film is available on Japanese Bluray and DVD and can be purchased online. English subtitles are available. Heartwarming with a twist near the end.