On January 27th, Amazon Video is debuting a new series directed by Goro Miyazaki (Hayao Miyazaki’s son) animated by Polygon Pictures and co-produced by Studio Ghibli. The series is called Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya, or Ronia/Ronja the Robber’s Daughter and is based on a story by famed Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, notable for being author of the Pippi Longstocking children’s book series. Gillian Anderson has been cast as the english narrator for the series.
The story follows “the only child of a bandit chief, [who] grows up among a clan of robbers living in a castle in the woodlands of early-Medieval Scandinavia”.
The series is computer-animated and cel shaded, which will be a huge leap from Studio Ghibli’s standard animation style and my surprise many viewers, but still promises to have much of Ghibli’s notable character design and overall theming.
This will be Goro Miyazaki’s third animated production, following the 2006 Tales from Earthsea and 2011 From Up on Poppy Hill. About this new series, he stated, “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter is a story not just about a girl who grows into adulthood, but it is also a story about the love and growth between a parent and a child, and a story about the bonds between friends. My goal is to create a work that everyone, from children to adults, will be able to enjoy.”