Amazon has released the first trailer for their anime series Ronja, The Robbers Daughter which is presented by the legendary anime studio Studio Ghibli. The fantastic looking series is based on the children's fantasy book written by Astrid Lindgren, who is also the author of Pippi Longstocking.
The series is narrated by The X-Files' Gillian Anderson, and it was directed by Gorō Miyazaki (Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea). The story tells the tale of a thief's 10-year-old daughter named Ronja, described as a strong and spirited girl, who is beloved by everyone. "Driven by her thirst for adventure, she comes face-to-face with wondrous creatures who inhabit the forest and finds a most unlikely friend - the son of her father's rival."
Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is an epic 26-part story of 10-year-old Ronja (Teresa Gallagher), born on a stormy night in a mountain fort, surrounded by her father (Rufus Hound), mother (Morwenna Banks) and a loving band of robbers. She grows to be a strong girl, and discovers that the forest is both a beautiful and frightening place inhabited by strange creatures. She befriends Birk (Kelly Adams), the son of her father’s rival, and so begins the drama of her friendship and family loyalties. Viewers follow along as she explores and understands these key factors in her life, and discovers that seemingly irresolvable choices can finally be made with the help of love and understanding.
Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is already a big hit in Japan, and now the rest of the world will be able to enjoy it. When talking about the series Miyazaki said:
“With Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter, Astrid Lindgren seems to be telling children to believe in their own power to grow, whilst telling adults to learn more from children. Mutual respect will attain freedom in the true sense of the word.”
The series is set to premiere on Prime Video on January 27th, and I can't wait to watch it.