Astrid Lindgren

Ronia the Robbers Daughter Studio Ghibli

Because this is not a Japanese film site, Japanese film news tends to slip under the radar. So while Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter was announced in February as something new and sparkly and unique — a Studio Ghibli TV series, headed up by Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao), to be done entirely in CGI — it was mostly forgotten about in the post-February world. Only now, several months later, has Ronia has peeked its head above the Tokyo skyline, and it’s here to show us what traditional Ghibli animation looks like when hauled screaming into the third dimension. The results? They’re OK, I guess.

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Director Tomas Alfredson first caught Hollywood’s attention due to the worldwide success of his Swedish language horror film Let The Right One In. And he inched even closer to global notoriety by making Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with the UK based company Studio Canal and a bevy of Britain’s top acting talent. One would think that whatever the director is doing next would be a much-hyped affair, but mum has been the word up until this point as to what Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor follow-up is going to be. Some news out of Sweden might soon put an end to everyone’s speculations, however. Apparently Alfredson has acquired the rights to Astrid Lindgren’s novel “The Brothers Lionheart,” with the intentions of turning it into a feature film. Lindgren, who many people know as the author of the Pippi Longstocking books, first published “The Brothers Lionheart” back in 1973. It’s a fantastical tale about a couple of brothers named Jonatan and Karl who end up having adventures in a adventure-ridden afterlife realm called Nangiyala. Despite the fact that it deals with death and illness and is generally pitch black material as far as a children’s story goes, “The Brothers Lionheart” has been successful all over the world, and has even already spawned a 1977 Swedish film that was directed by Olle Helbom.

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