First Trailer for Ghibli’s New Film WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE

Hey, animation geeks, the next film from Studio Ghibli is due out in theaters in Japan this summer. it’s titled When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie), it’s directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty) and it’s based on the book of the same name by Joan G. Robinson.

The first trailer has been released and it’s more of a music video for the song associated with the film, but doesn’t do much in the way of revealing plot details. For the first time an English-language song has been associated with a Ghibli film – Priscilla Ahn‘s “Fine on the Outside.”

The screenplay is co-written by Niwa Keiko (From Up on Poppy Hill) and Ando Masahi (character designer on Spirited Away), which tells a ghost story of a lonely girl named Annie who meets her first friend in the mysterious Marnie.

When Marnie Was There hits theaters in Japan on July 19th with a US release TBD.

Watch dreamlike preview of what’s to come. There’s some really nice images and hand drawn animation in this trailer.

An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness, WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE follows Anna who hasn’t a friend in the world – until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes.


But Marnie isn’t all she seems…Sent away from her foster home one long, hot summer to a sleepy Norfolk village by the sea, Anna dreams her days away among the sandhills and marshes. She never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, someone who doesn’t judge Anna for being ordinary and not-even-trying. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than Marnie vanishes…