Arrietty the Borrower US Release Delayed Until February, 2012
Arrietty the Borrower's US release has been delayed until February 17, 2012.
According to Deadline.com, Disney will not release Studio Ghibli's latest theatrical feature in North America this year as widely expected. Instead, the movie has scheduled for February of next year. An official announcement on release date and cast is expected soon.
Clearly, this is very frustrating and disappointing news. Arrietty is currently playing in theatres across France, and will soon be headed to the UK and Australia. Once again, the US and Canada are the last in line. By this time next year, Goro Miyazaki's Kokuriko-Zaka Kara will have already played on Japanese movie screens, and Ghibli will be gearing up for their next feature production, presumably Hayao Miyazaki's next epic.
Not only that, Arrietty will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD this summer in Japan, France, and possibly elsewhere. It is now entirely conceivable that a US theatrical release may not happen at all, and the movie would simply go directly to video. This does not bode well for the prospects of any future Studio Ghibli movies not directed by Miyazaki being seen on American movie screens. Is this an indication of the future of the Disney-Ghibli relationship? Some relationship.
This is very discouraging. We may have to wait for the next Hayao Miyazaki-directed film before we Americans can see Ghibli on the big screen again. This is why I told you to see Ponyo and Earthsea while we had the chance, kids.