Amazon announced today that it was picking up three new children’s series for its Prime streaming service, and one of those series will be produced in-house at Studio Ghibli and directed by Goro Miyazaki.
The series, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, is an adaptation of a children’s book from Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The show, which was adapted years ago by Miyazaki’s team, aired in Japan between October 2014 and March 2015, but this is the first time it’s coming stateside. It will be narrated by The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson, who also voiced Moro in the American dubbed version of Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke.
The series will span 26 episodes and will follow Ronja as she grows up as the daughter of a thief, exploring the enchanted forest near her. According to an official description from Amazon:
The daughter of a professional robber, Ronja realizes the complicated nature of her father’s profession when she befriends Birk, the child of a rival tribe. Ronja struggles to balance the relationship with her family and the bond with her self-proclaimed brother Birk as she comes to understand the intricate issues of family and friendship and how differences can be overcome with the help of love and understanding.
Goro Miyazaki, the son of iconic storyteller and co-founder of Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, is best known for his work on Tales from Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill.
Ronja the Robber’s Daughter is set to debut on Prime next year.