VIZ Media borrows a page or two from Arrietty

Books, Comics, Movies

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece The Secret World of Arrietty finally arrives in U.S. theaters Feb. 17 (in the Valley, look for the import at Harkins’ Tempe Marketplace theater). That alone is cause for celebration among those who appreciate the living god among animators.

But this adaptation of Mary Norton’s beloved children’s novel The Borrowers also brings with it several new printed treasures.

VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli imprint has released a lavish art book, hardcover picture book and two-volume comics based on the new film.

From the same studio that created SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and PONYO, comes a heartwarming new story to captivate both children and adults! Arrietty isn’t your ordinary 14-year-old girl… she’s small enough to maker her home under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” what she and her family needs from the giants in whose shadows they live… A young boy named Shawn befriends Arrietty, but when adults discover the Borrowers, Arrietty and Shawn must work together to save her family!

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY PICTURE BOOK – Rated “A” for All Ages – MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN – Available February 7th, 2012

The colorful and easy-to-read THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY Picture Book is a full-color hardcover edition that will appeal to younger readers especially. The book uses the vividly colored animation cel art from the feature film combined with simplified text to retell the story of Arrietty and her adventures.

The Secret World of ArriettyTHE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY FILM COMICS – Rated “A” for All Ages – MSRP: $16.99 U.S. each / $19.99 CAN each – Available February 7th, 2012

The official 2-volume film comic of THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY re-tells the film’s story with vivid full-color frames.

The Secret World of ArriettyTHE ART OF THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY – Rated “A” for All Ages – MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN – Available February 7th, 2012

Co-founded by the legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli films enthrall and enchant audiences across the world. The Art of series gives fans the opportunity to follow their favorite film from initial concept to the silver screen, thanks to hundreds of sketches, concept drawings, and animation cels, plus in-depth interviews with the creators.

“Fans and readers of all ages won’t want to miss these new additions to VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli Library of titles,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Director, Editorial. “Studio Ghibli has mastered the ability to tell poignant and engaging stories that captivate both children and adults, and their latest film, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, continues this tradition. Our forthcoming picture book and film comics are fun ways for young readers to visit the world of ARRIETTY while the gorgeous art book will be a must-have for the ardent Studio Ghibli fan or those who want to know more about the evolution of the film. Discover the adventures in-store for this band of ‘borrowers’ in these new releases scheduled for February!”

More information on VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli titles is available at www.VIZ.com.

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