An Extended Trailer for Ghibli’s WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

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Hey, animation geeks, the latest film from Studio Ghibli, titled When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie) finally gets the full-length feature trailer to coincide with the opening cinema date in Japan on July 19th.

on July 19.

This one sets up a great deal of the story of a young girl who makes her first true friend, unlike the first one that was more of a music video for the film’s primary song, by Priscilla Ahn.

Here’s the officially released synopsis:

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…

Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty) from a screenplay co-written by Niwa Keiko (Ocean Waves) and Ando Masahi (character designer on Princess Mononoke) this coming-of-age story is adapted from Joan G. Robinson’s children’s novel “When Marnie Was There.”

No word on when the film will make its way overseas, but we can expect it to arrive next year.

Check out the trailer below.

A hand drawn animation and storytelling look to be wonderfully refined and elegant.