Head Up To Poppy Hill

With trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest

Judging by its new trailer the latest slice of Hayao Miyazaki magic, From Up On Poppy Hill, looks like an unusually grounded affair from the Japanese master and his son, director Goro Miyazaki.

The story, based on a popular '80s manga, concerns a group of kids who fight to keep their school's clubhouse running as developers - and their wrecking balls - move in. It's set in the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and brings the Studio Ghibli touch to familiar themes of childhood, although without the magical-realist elements of Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle et al.

As The Playlist notes, this Ghibli joint is not being distributed by Disney in the west. Instead, GKIDS, the animation house behind A Cat In Paris and Chico & Rita, is stepping up. This means no English dub-track and the chance to see it with Japanese subtitles. There's no official UK release date as yet but check back for more on that count.