The Borrower ArriettyCould the studio that brought you such terrific animated films as 'Spirited Away' and 'My Neighbor Totoro' be going out of business? How is that possible, considering their partnership with Walt Disney Pictures? In a recent interview with Cut Magazine, the face of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki claims that the future of the studio depends upon the success of their next film at the U.S. box office.

In other words, forget about the critical acclaim? Forget about the longtime support of John Lasseter, now chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, which distributes Studio Ghibli films in the U.S.? Miyazaki says that Studio Ghibli's president is making a dissolution program in the event that they stop film production. He makes it sound as though it's all dependent on how well 'The Borrower Arrietty' (pictured) and the film after that do in the U.S. Based on 'The Borrowers,' a book by Mary Norton which was turned into a 1997 live-action feature starring John Goodman, the Japanese version features a 14-year-old girl who lives with her parents under the floorboards of an old house. They're all "tiny people" and are perfectly happy until the girl is seen by a full-size teenager. Their burgeoning friendship eventually puts the entire family in danger.

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