Get your tissues ready, the American trailer for Studio Ghibli’s film WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE has been released.
The story centers around a 12-year-old girl named Anna who is spending the summer with her foster parents’ relatives in a rural seaside town. At first, Anna feels alone and isolated in this new environment, but after investigating an old abandoned mansion across the marsh, she meets a mysterious young girl names Marnie. The two strike up a friendship, but Marnie isn’t all that she appears to be.
The film is an adaptation of the novel by Joan G. Robinson. As a story of friendship, family, and loneliness, the film promises to be an emotional experience for Studio Ghibli fans, as this was the last film produced before the studio went on hiatus due to Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement. The company may very well return and continue to produce beloved classics that the studio is known for, but it is entirely possible that this film will be their swan song. For years the studio has touched the hearts of audiences with coming of age tales of magic, romance, heartbreak, and adventure. Personally, I have a hard time expressing how I feel when watching this trailer, as I fell in love with Studio Ghibli’s films when I first saw Miyazaki’s masterpiece PRINCESS MONONOKE when I was in middle school, and the thought of this being the studio’s final film feels like the end of an era. Watching this trailer leaves me heartbroken, like I’m saying farewell to an old friend that I may never see again. But even so, all things must eventually come to an end, and if this is indeed the studio’s goodbye, it’s still left us with a library of wonderful stories that we can always revisit and reminisce about the first time we saw the films that touched our hearts so deeply.
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE is available on DVD in Japan, but will opens in American theaters on May 22nd, 2015.
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~ Megan Salinas
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