Princess Mononoke wolf goddess Gillian Anderson is lending her pipes to another Studio Ghibli project: Recent Amazon Original Kids Series acquisition Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. Originally made for Japanese TV, it’s a 26-part anime adventure directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Mononoke director Hayao Miyazaki.
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Here’s a trailer for the TV series:
Amazon’s official release describes the plot — based on the beloved book by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, who also wrote Pippi Longstocking — as follows:
[It’s the] story of a strong, adventurous young girl who grows up exploring a beautiful and dangerous forest filled with mythical creatures. The daughter of a professional robber, Ronja realises 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.
Anderson — who’s also set to appear in the much-anticipated American Gods adaptation coming to Starz next year — will serve as the story’s narrator. Ronja will make its Prime Video debut in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan later this spring. An Australian broadcaster has not yet been announced.