Bridgit Mendler as Arrietty. (source)
With the recent resurgence of interest in hand-drawn animation, thanks in part to the highly successfully re-release of Disney's The Lion King in 3D, I'm hoping that Arrietty does well with US audiences. By the time February rolls around, it will have been about 2-1/2 years since the last Ghibli release stateside, Ponyo. I'm also hoping Disney releases a few more Blu-ray titles from the Ghibli canon in an effort to drum up interest in this theatrical release. After the US Blu-ray debut Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind last March, there hasn't been a peep from Disney as to when we'll see Castle in the Sky and/or My Neighbors the Yamadas on Blu-ray here. With additional Blu-ray titles being announced in Japan on a fairly regular basis, Disney is falling behind!