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14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.
What a truly beautiful film, and whilst the passing of time may change my mind, it is quite possibly the best Studio Ghibli feature since Porco Rosso.
Studio Ghibli are arguably the greatest world builders in all of cinema and despite the real world setting of Arrietty the film still creates a genuinely magical environment for the characters to reside in. I've never liked The Borrowers be it book, TV or film but the scale, attention to detail and sheer sense of wonder conveyed in every single frame of Arrietty is staggering. It is a film that most closely resembles the studios greatest achievement, My Neighbour Totoro, in the way it makes great moments out of small details, the fantastical…
Affectionately crafted, mesmerisingly told & gorgeously photographed, The Secret World of Arrietty (simply known as Arrietty) is the best Studio Ghibli feature-length film that wasn't directed by Hayao Miyazaki. An extremely underrated masterwork of staggering beauty, it is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting works of animation to surface on the film canvas.
Based on the children's book The Borrowers by Mary Norton, the story of Arrietty concerns its titular character & her family; a group of tiny people on the brink of extinction who live anonymously in human residents & have made their home by borrowing simple items from their households. But things are set in motion when Arrietty is discovered by a human boy.
Co-written by Hayao Miyazaki & directed by Hiromasa…
Disney claims to have magic; they can enchant child and adult alike. What they really have, though, is a magicians’ bag of expertly crafted tricks. Studio Ghibli has real magic.
Even without Miyazaki at the helm, first time director Hiromasa Yonebayashi carries the Ghibli DNA and makes real magic.
Some of their most powerful magic is realizing characters, both children and adults alike, that are so plausibly authentic that you effortlessly slip into the world they inhabit. The stories are inevitably from the point of view of the children, but the adults are never props; they are fully realized and they are drawn as our child protagonist would see them.
It’s also magic how Ghibli’s artists can create such achingly…
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Every time I come into a Studio Ghibli film that is not directed by Miyazaki or Takahata, I never know whether or not it would easily win me over; except for Whisper of the Heart, which is perfect in every way. Arrietty won me over, but not to the level that Whisper of the Heart was able to achieve on me. The film may seem simple and shallow, due to Hiromasa Yonebayashi's accessible direction, but he does not forget the heart of Miyazaki's screenplay, which explores the ideas of survival, family, and isolation. If this film was directed by Miyazaki then this film would have been much more ambiguous…
In the suburbs of Tokyo, under the floorboards of an old house, Arrietty, one of the last Borrowers alive, lives in her tiny world with her family, doing everything to keep the secret of her existence. However, when a young man begins living in the house, the little Arietty believes that she can maintain a friendship with him, despite the difference of sizes.
Hiromasa Yonebayashi's first film is centered on a family of Borrowers who will try to do anything to hide their presence in this world from the human race. It's also about the relationship between the main character, Arrietty, and a boy who sees her borrowing little thins from his new house. The Secret World of Arrietty is…
Of course it comes as no surprise that the crafted animations within this feature are simply astounding, since it is a Ghibli production. What however did surprise me with that knowledge in the back of my head, was that unlike other films that have been put forward by the famous Japanese studio, this film follows a logical plot, not driven by random acts and dialogues, but with rational motivations behind every action. That in itself is a big upturn for me, because it is what generally keeps me from loving some of Miyazaki’s animations. The plot may not be spectacular, but its premise is more than satisfying, certainly since it is executed so well. Surrounded by a world that is created from every thinkable colour, Arrietty’s story is cute, lively and enjoyable.
This could have been so much better. Carol Burnett's character was a played out, ridiculous, stereotypical bad guy. The actress voicing Arietty was very annoying. The animation was lovely, but that's about it. The score was nice, but the songs were beyond terrible.
Another really good film from Studio Ghibli. I loved Arrietty in this film, she was very sweet and likeable. The music was also fantastic and the animation as always was beautiful. I would have liked if it was a bit longer so it would have spent more time developing Sho and Arrietty's relationship. There was something about this movie that wasn't right about this movie. I can't put my finger on it but it's the weakest film that I've seen from Studio Ghibli. There wasn't any emotional scenes, the story could have been better and some things could have been developed more
I love the animations and all the little details in the background that Studio Ghibli imbued in the drawing as usual. The story is simple with slow pacing, but still a good healing movie.
My opinion can often be divided on Ghibli due to the overhyping from hipsters but because I haven't heard any of them carry on about this one I was able to enjoy it for what it was with it's beautiful art direction, child like scenes of fantasy/ wonder and old maid character I wanted to punch in the face.
Eine schöne Geschichte von Abenteuer und Freundschaft mit wunderschönen Animationen und einer Katze.
good film to share with fds
As a human bean I enjoyed this mixture of magical realism, allegory and some tragedy and even human cruelty quite a bit.
Added benefit: I just remembered that Ihad read probably twenty years ago a SF novel with a similar set-up and even discovered it at Amazon for Kindle download (Thomas R.P. Mielke's "Das Sakriversum")
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…