When Marnie Was There (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea in Hokkaido, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. She believes she’s outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong – and shuts herself off from everyone around her. Anna never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being just what she is. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend…
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There are three trailers before the main menu, one for “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”, “Song of the Sea” and “The Box Trolls”. Oddly, these can’t be skipped with the menu button, but can be skipped with the skip forward/advance button.
The main menu is fairly simple, showcasing stills from the movie using a "Ken Burns" type effect with ambient audio from the film. There is a somewhat annoying "beep" turned on by default while navigating the menus, but it can be shut off in the "Setup" menu.
English 5.0 (DTS-HD Master Audio)
Japanese 5.0 (DTS-HD Master Audio)
French 5.0 (DTS Digital Surround)
Subtitles for English-Dubbed Audio
The Making of “When Marnie Was There” (43 mins.)
Yohei Taneda Creates the Art of “When Marnie Was There” (17 mins.)
Feature Length Storyboards (103 mins.)
Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast (13 mins.)
Foreign Trailers and TV Spots (6 mins.)
US Trailer (2 mins.)
The story centers around a young girl who had a pretty rough upbringing and has a hard time identifying with people who spends her summer with some friends of her family. One day she stumbles upon this large house and instantly becomes attracted to it to then find out that a girl named Marnie is living there. The story kicks of from there and without spoilers, let me just say that it is magnificent. The story unravels so well throughout the film with an aura of mysticism and some deep emotional themes that are just heart wrenching. Though it is a kids movie, the film does well to explore dark themes that go through ones life without being too adult but at the same time being both significant to young and adult audiences alike.
It is not like the typical kids movies with lots of funny animations but at the same time this movie can be very meaningful to young children. If you are a fan of wonderful animation and appreciate wonderful story telling, I recommend that you watch this movie. It is wonderful in every aspect of film making and you will not be disappointed in this. I truly loved this movie and it deserves all the awards out there. BengirlxD Approved.
Based on the children's novel written by Joan G. Robinson, "When Marnie Was There" is the lushly lyrical story of Anna, a young orphan who lives with her adoptive parents, who feel isolated and alone because she can not form emotional connections with those around her due to the fact that she doesn't feel like a normal person due to her asthma. She is also a very gifted artist.
When an asthma attack forces her into bed; her adoptive mother and her doctor decide that it would be better for her to spend a few months in the country where the clean air would do her a world of good.
So Anna's "auntie" - what she calls her adoptive mother - makes arrangements with her relatives who live in the country, and soon Anna is on a train to meet her cousins.
Once there, Anna is enchanted by the sight of the old abandoned Marsh house. As she draws it, she notices a light in a second story window. Intrigued, Anna bravely decides to cross the marsh when the tide is low and investigates. What she finds is a deserted house, with decades of dust. She falls asleep and would be stranded at the Marsh house if it wasn't for being rescued by a silent boatman who befriends her.
A few days pass and she returns to the shore to find a rowboat waiting for her. Hesitant, because she really doesn't know how to row, Anna begins to row for the old Marsh house, where she finds Marnie waiting for her.
Here's where the mystery deepens. Who is Marnie? Why is she only around at certain times of the evening and rarely ever, in the day time? She loves Anna and calls her "her most perfect friend and secret." Marnie also tells Anna that nobody can ever know about their friendship. [No, it's not a pre-teen LBGT that is unfolding here.]
As Anna seeks to unravel the mystery of who Marnie is; Anna becomes a better individual and is willing to be more open and make friends. She also accepts that she is loved by her adoptive parents and calls them Mom and Dad.
When Anna does learn who Marnie really is, is perhaps one of the most stunning moments in movie history, because Marnie then becomes Anna's most precious secret and one that she is willing to share.
Studio Ghibli has created a lush and masterful movie that will live on in the hearts and minds of all who see it. No American studio would have dared to film this movie because they would not have trusted the story to resonate with its audience. Nor would this movie have worked as a 3-D computer animated movie.
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