A childhood favorite, The Borrowers by Mary Norton (Harcourt, 1953) is coming to screens in two forms; an animated movie from Japan and a BBC live-action film, to be shown on BBC-One at Christmas (no news on when it may appear in the US).

Called Arrietty, after Arriety Clock, the borrower family’s teenage daughter, the Japanese film will be dubbed in the US by Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and Carol Burnett (the trailer below is the British version, dubbed by other actors) and is scheduled for release next year, on February 17.

The BBC adaptation, called The Borrowers and starring Stephen Fry, Victoria Wood and Christopher Eccleston, just began filming.

The Borrowers was adapted as a film in 1997 with John Goodman, Jim Broadbent and Celia Imrie, as well as an American 1973 made-for-TV movie and a 1992 BBC TV series.

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