As a nerd site that tries to cover the biggest news from all parts of nerd-dom, I feel compelled to show you this new U.S. trailer for Studio Ghibli’s latest film The Secret World of Arriety. In case you don’t remember the details, it’s based on Mary Norton’s The Borrowers books, it’s not being directed by Hayao Miyazaki but a first time, it’s coming to American theaters next February and it is, for all intents and purposes The Littles, except possibly more wistful and less annoying. Two things of note: For reasons that completely baffle me, there’s a U.S. and a U.K. dub; this is the U.S. one, obviously, and the trailer I previously ran is the U.K. one (it had Mark Strong in it). Why are there two English dubs? I have no idea. The second thing is — and maybe you guys who have read the books can tell me — how much do the “Borrowers” ever return anything? Do they really give anything back? Aren’t they actually “The Tiny Moochers”? I mean, they’re stealing things like sugar cubes. They only way they’re giving those back is if they take a dump underneath the couch, right? (Via First Showing)
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