The last couple of months have been a pretty tumultuous time for Studio Ghibli fans. With rumours circulating that the legendary Japanese animation studios would close, after the supposed retirement of acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki in 2013. This was then thrown into question when he revealed he would be returning to make a feature length version of Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar) – originally intended as a short for the Ghibli Museum.
There is now further good news for Ghibli fans, as their first ever kids TV show will be coming to the UK, streaming on Amazon Prime from the 27th January. Check out the trailer here.
Originally airing on Japanese television, Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is being imported for English-language audiences. Adapted from the children’s book of the same name by Astrid Lindgren (author of the Pippi Longstocking stories), the series was directed by Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao), who also directed Studio Ghibli feature length films From up on Poppy Hill and Tales of Earthsea. Gillian Anderson will be providing the narration for the newly dubbed version, having previously voiced Moro in the English dub of Ghibli classic Princess Mononoke.
Any new offerings from Studio Ghibli are sure to delight its fans, but it will be especially exciting to see their first venture into the world of television, and being so readily available on streaming services could bring an entirely new audience to their incredible work.
Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is streaming on Amazon Prime from January 27.