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When Marnie Was There is Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature


This exquisite film from Studio Ghibli by director Hiromasa Yonebayashi is also nominated for 3 Annie Awards!! I’m going to keep using exclamation marks because I was chosen to write and help craft the English Dub, which was sent out to those who vote!!

The English language dub arguably packs even more emotional weight with the voice talent of Oscar nominated Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role of Anna, and Madmen’s Kiernan Shipka playing the mysterious Marnie. Also featuring Kathy Bates, John C. Reilly, Vanessa Williams, Catherine O’Hara and Ellen Burstyn.

The adaptation stays as faithful to the original Japanese without ever (I hope) sounding forced. Every line needed to flow, feel appropriate to character, and of course… still fit lip-synch. I am truly honoured to have worked on something of such strength and beauty.