Arrietty the Borrower in US Theaters This Year, Voice Cast Announced
Yes! Karigurashi no Arrietty will open in US theaters this year. The news comes from producer Frank Marshall, who served as the American producer for Ponyo in 2008. The movie's official US title will be Arrietty the Borrower.
The voice cast for Arietty has also been announced by Mr. Marshall. The lead is being played by Bridgit Mendler, whose recording sessions began this past weekend. Playing the parents are Will Arnett and Amy Poehler. Their recording sessions began yesterday. Finally, David Henrie and Carol Burnett - yes, Carol Burnett! - will be voicing the human "beans," as Marshall describes.
A final release date has yet to be set, but we should assume a late August release, in keeping with Ponyo and Tales From Earthsea. I also expect more publicity to arise in March, with the release of Earthsea on DVD and Nausicaa on Blu-Ray.
The Ghibli Blog will keep everyone updated on any major developments as they arise...and whenever I can actually spare 15 minutes to write the post.