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The Secret World of Arrietty
Do not be seen by humans. That's been the law of children of the underfloor.
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…
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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 one comes from the same studio as Spirited Away and Ponyo....and it fits in nicely with those two movies. In this one a family of Borrowers (tiny people living in a dollhouse) is found out by the beans (humans). This one has some nice animation....with a pretty sweet sorry that will entertain the kids and the parents. My kids give it 5 stars....I give it 3.5 stars.....so we get a final rating of 4.0 stars.
This Hiromasa film actually captures your atenttion.
A tiny teenager and ger family live under humans house floor and survive borrowing items from humans.
With a artistic animation this movie is for all ages and for all it may be fun.
The feelings are so well made that you forget who you are and just daze of into the film like if you were part of the animation.
The Secret World of Arrietty is a really fun and magical animated film with a great concept.
Lovely adaptation of the Borrowers which manages to pull off transplanting it to modern Japan perfectly and work as a coming of age tale for Arrietty as well as a beautifully realised adventure story.
The animation, backgrounds and designs are stunning, the size issues convince at every single point and make a magical but dangerous environment that aids the storytelling at every point.
I remember loving the books when I was a child and this was a surprisingly satisfying adaptation, my daughter loved it but I can't wait for her to be old enough to properly get the characters as Arrietty herself is a great lead.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film might be an innocent victim of misplaced expectations on my part, but I felt like I understood the concept going in: three-inch-tall people live among us and must avoid detection. The film takes about an hour of its runtime to establish that, though, so the resolution of the conflict seemed rushed. I'm also not sure if act 3 is about the Borrowers escaping, or if it's about the humans having a change of heart / accepting the Borrowers. On the upside, you get a perfectly rendered Miyazaki world. Nothing else really works.
Another epic world build by the great minds that work at Studio Ghibli.
This time we see Hiromasa Yonebayashi direct his first film for Studio Ghibli and it's lovely. We follow a family of little people, I mean borrowers, who live in houses of humans. They borrow stuff they won't miss and live their lives until they are seen and have to move. Shō is a boy who has to have a heart operation and the week before sleeps at his aunt's place. Here he sees Arrietty. A Borrower who was out with her dad trying to get a napkin and sugar. From that point on the Borrowers need to move and Shō wants to protect them from his aunt…
The film was a well done adaptation of the common "borrowers" story. I enjoyed watching this with my family, and my 5 year daughter was captivated throughout.
The Secret World of Arrietty is very pretty to look at and has its charming moments, but it lacks the narrative and depth that most other Studio Ghibli films have built themselves on. Simplicity does not a bad film make - just look at My Neighbor Totoro - but I never really empathized or felt connected to most of the characters. It felt as though everyone was nice until the house-maid in the third act who had a sudden face-heel turn of sorts, which I can't help but feel as though was shoe-horned in so we could have a bad guy to boo at.
The strengths of Arrietty lie in the par-for-the-course beautiful animation. While a few scenes were clearly…
I did not grow up with Studio Ghibli. But It's still beautiful whenever I remember I saw the first Ghibli films; it was Grave of the Fireflies, and although it was not as 'happy' as other works, in my mind I was telling myself that finally I found these gems, which long I haven't see.
The Secret World of Arriettty is a beautiful work and automatically wake the 'child imagination' in me. I'm not so sure how to explain, but my eyes were filled with joys, not only because of the animation (I don't have to say anything about the animation, right?) but the story also, so tense for young audiences, and somehow still excites me.
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