Well since I don't think there is a comprehensive list of anime films in letterboxd and I love them so…
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…
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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.
For those who have read any of my previous Ghibli reviews it probably comes to no surprise that I think The Secret World of Arrietty is a stunning work of art and one that is currently severely underappreciated. The thing with their movies that has always enchanted me is how different each and every one of them is. There are of course recurring themes such as the lack of anything purely evil and villainous or the heroine that has to prove herself. Both of these are applicable to Arrietty and almost all of their movies but despite all of this Arrietty is a completely refreshing and rewarding experience.
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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.
A wonderful adventure film with beautiful animation, excellent sound design, and a movingly sweet story.
The Secret World of Arrietty (Arrietty in Japan), directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, based on novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I found this movie to be doing enough work around its story to entertain us. It has almost everything, characters, dialogues, sober music-score, colorful-look. This film sure doesn't break any record, yet it's charming and intelligent. I must confess few animation movies lack substance to attract our constant attention, in which case I truly believe, Arrietty almost succeeds (wholeheartedly).
I found the plot arc and characterization quite bland compared to Miyazaki's other movies. The animation and score, are absolutely gorgeous.
Pretty much perfect. Lovely soundtrack, beautiful animation, relatable characters, bittersweet plot, imaginative setting...Miyazaki hits another grand slam, and he didn't even need to direct it!
Absolutely beautiful. Has such a wonderful feel for life in nature that it almost reduced me to tears.
Pity that the version of the music sung in English has horrible singing and that Mark Strong sounds like Batman.
While usually successful, Studio Ghibli can have mixed success when it comes to adapting stories for their films - compare the popularity of Howl’s Moving Castle (based on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones) to the ambivalence towards Tales from Earthsea (not least from author Ursula K. Le Guin herself). Having not read these films’ source material beforehand, it becomes easier to judge them on their own merits.
Inspired by Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, The Secret World of Arrietty features beautiful and especially luscious animation, and is perhaps the most gorgeous of Ghibli’s recent films, which is saying a lot, with nature stunningly rendered and its inhabitants vividly brought to life. Moreover, the miniature scale of its world only increases…
To welcome the embrace of the animated universe of Studio Ghibli, creators of such films as Spirited Away and Ponyo, is to be culturally bewitched. Under the focused vision of Hayao Miyazaki and team, Studio Ghibli have proven themselves to be the new torch-bearer of hand-drawn animation and of the modern fable; addressing such important topics as the value of family, preservation of the environment, and the destructive nature of greed.
Studio Ghibli’s fantasies are truly the product of Japanese cultural tradition, often being far more quiet and soulful at their base than the modern American animated film. In their newest film, The Secret World of Arrietty, gone are the quick punchlines, meta-references, and directed marketing ploy attempts that dominate…
A charming take on Mary Norton's The Borrowers that has a surprising emotional edge to it (although having done some research, elements of this are in the original story). As ever, Studio Ghibli's animation is beautiful to behold from the natural exteriors to the world of Arrietty, Pod and Homily, where everyday objects are larger and have other uses and the entire film as a whimsical, fairy-tale charm to it as Arrietty (and us with her) is introduced to the world of human beans. A simple story, beautifully told.
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