Goro Miyazaki Helms "Ronia" Animated Series


Goro Miyazaki, who is best known as the eldest son of acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki, is now directing a TV anime adaptation of the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren's children's fantasy novel Ronia the Robber's Daughter (Swedish: Ronja Rövardotter). It is scheduled to be premiere on NHK-BS Premium this fall. He previously directed two anime films Tales from Earthsea (2006) and From Up On Poppy Hill (2011) in Studio Ghibli, but both films were evaluated very lowly by the critics while making a decent box office success.

The TV anime is produced by NHK (Nippon Kousou Kyokai/Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan's national public broadcasting organization, and Dwango. Polygon Pictures (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Tron: Uprising, Knights of Sidonia) animates the series in cooperation with Studio Ghibli. Hiroyuki Kawasaki (After War Gundam X, Godannar) works on series composition. The novel was first published
in 1981 and the live-action adaptation film was directed by Tage Danielsson in Sweden in 1984. The story
focuses on a girl named Ronia, the only daughter of Mattis who is the leader of bandits in a castle in the
forest. She learns how to live in the forest where strange creatures live.

It is a famous story that Goro's father Hayao once tried to make an anime adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's
another popular novel Pippi Longstocking with Isao Takahata and Yoichi Kotabe. Unfortunately they couldn't
get the right from the author at the time, so made the two Panda Kopanda films in 1972 and 1973 instead.