Beloved Japanese animation studio and nostalgia powerhouse Studio Ghibli last year hit the world for six upon announcing their closure, following the retirement of longtime Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki and the downward turn of the studio’s profits at the box office.
Studio Ghibli has brought us treasures such as ‘Spirited Away’, ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ and ‘Ponyo’; what could be the studio’s final film in its current configuration, ‘When Marnie Was There’ has today released its international trailer. The film follows two young girls: Anna (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) and Marnie (voiced by Kiernan Shipka – AKA Sally from ‘Mad Men’) with their friendship and secrets unfolding throughout the film, depicted in signature Ghibli style.
Although Studio Ghibli is shutting its doors on its current operation—which has seen the production of 20 feature films over nearly as many years— the Studio may still have legs, according to reports. Ghibli labels the closure as a “restructure” – involving a reduced staff, and will likely end its production of original features, instead using resources to maintain pre-existing franchise titles.
Watch the trailer for the charming ‘When Marnie Was There’ below. The original Japanese version has already had its cinematic release; the dubbed English version will be released later this year.