The first trailer for the English adaptation of Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter, Studio Ghibli’s TV series from 2014, has finally arrived.
Directed by Ghibli's Goro Miyazaki, son of acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, the series follows the 10-year-old Ronja and her family of thieves. As Ronja gets older, she befriends a boy named Birk, who just so happens to be the son of her father’s rival. As tensions flare, Ronja believes she must choose between family loyalty and her newfound friendship. The 26-part series is based on Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s children’s novel of the same name, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide since it was first released in 1981.
Ghibli’s original series was well received by both critics and fans, with Ronja winning an International Emmy Award for Best Kids Animation in 2015. Ronja was one of the first projects that Goro Miyazaki worked on following his father’s retirement announcement. As a result of Miyazaki’s retirement, Studio Ghibli confirmed it would no longer be producing feature-length films. Last year, however, Hayao Miyazaki said he was working on a new project, and if the film got the financial investment he needed to complete it, the movie would be produced in-house by Ghibli’s team.
Amazon announced that it would be adapting Ronja last October, making it available to Prime Video and Amazon Prime subscribers. The show will premiere on Jan. 27 in both the US and the UK.