Studio Ghibli and Polygon Pictures are teaming to produce the animated TV series “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter”.
Based on the novel by “Pippi Longstocking” author Astrid Lindgren, the story is set in medieval Europe. Ronia is the only child of a robber clan’s chief who live in a large, ancient castle in grand woodlands.
Under the loving care of the clan, she grows to be a strong and active girl. One day, she is finally allowed to go into the woodlands for the first time and discovers the many mysterious creatures who live there.
She learns how to live in the wildness with the help of her parents, and has a fateful encounter with a boy named Birk.
Goro Miyazaki (“From Up on Poppy Hill,” “Tales from Earthsea”), son of acclaimed filmmaker and Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, will direct the series. Though the show has a Ghibli-style look, Polygon Pictures (“The Clone Wars,” “Tron: Uprising”) is actually doing the animation in cooperation with Studio Ghibli.
A Fall 2014 premiere is planned for NHK BS Premium.