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…
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.
I have spent some time thinking about this but I can't find…
A necessary Ghibli release to prove to audiences that the impeccably detailed imagination of the famous animation studio is not entirely dependent on the works of Miyazaki and Takahata, but there are very talented minds creating new worlds for worldwide audiences to see and embrace... regardless of the people's size.
Even if by no means this is one of the best feature film projects by Ghibli, it easily ranks as arguably the second best animated feature of 2010 thanks to a heartwarming story, realistic in the mature portrayal of the thematic elements regardless if it is a fantasy story, a gorgeous soundtrack and a high attention to the visual detail of the landscapes, the sounds and the proportions of the…
If you compare this film to the rest of the Ghibli repertoire, it will naturally feel like it falls a little short of something that is actually great. But I watched this without thinking of its cousins and I really, really enjoyed it. There are some parts, particularly towards the end of the film, that are pretty cheesy. But I just love how Studio Ghibli portrays young, teenage girls. It's never a big deal that they are fearless yet full of so much heart and warmth. It's never a big deal that they have platonic friendships with males. Disney gives us princesses that need a man to save them. Ghibli gives us characters whose role in society, or even in…
Oh god. My heart can't take it. Snowman and The Snowdog. Return of the King. Up. Now this. Is there any reason why the Christmas television line-up is doing everything it can to empty my tissue box?
Arrietty is an absolute treat. The visuals and animation are so organic, so fluid and weighty that you could bite every frame and still ask for more. Coupled with that, the sound is crisp and satisfying, making it obvious that director Hiromasa Yonebayashi has paid strict attention to every detail. This is the adaptation that The Borrowers DESERVED, and it's been a long time coming. The sense of scale you get from the 'little' things- like the texture of tape and the surface…
There are lots of reasons to cherish Studio Ghibli. They have created (and will continue to create) some of the most beautiful films of all time. They tell rich, complex stories using a cinematic language that any child can understand. They have assembled the greatest team of collaborators since Walt Disney first monopolized the animation industry. But what I love most about them is their ability to make me pay closer attention to the world around me. Their films have actually made a notable impression on my skills of perception.
"The Secret World of Arrietty" is no different. Though the scale is much smaller (literally and metaphorically) than "Spirited…
Miyazaki makes some damn good films. I haven't seen all of them and I'm missing some crucial ones (like My Neighbor Totoro and Porco Rosso), but what I have seen is great. Of his films, Secret World of Arrietty felt most similar to Ponyo, but between the two I preferred Ponyo just a hair.
This is a terrible review and I can't think straight right now. Watch this movie though cuz it's good.
Künstler sind stets auf der Suche nach einem neuen Blick auf die Welt um sie herum, und der Blick den Hiromasa Yonebayashi findet ist besonders faszinierend. Selten wurde eine so kluge, weise Metapher für das Leben als Kind, als Teenager und das Erwachsen werden gefunden. Arrietty lebt in einer Welt die für sie riesig erscheint, eine Fremde Welt voller Gefahren und Abenteuer. Gegenstände des Alltags sind da, aber sie scheinen zu groß, scheinen nicht für sie gemacht. Vor allem die erste hälfte des Films verzaubert und nimmt für sich ein; die Welt die die Animatoren von Studio Ghibli hier erschaffen scheint weniger "abstrakt" zu sein als etwa die von "Chihiros Reise ins Zauberland - das macht sie allerdings nicht weniger…
[UK dub version]
The secret world of Arriety is a beautiful take on a classic English story about the Borrowers. For some reason I was rather hesitent to watch it as I remember seeing the live action film so many times as a kid the idea of sitting through it again at my age really didn’t appeal to me that much. I am very glad to report however that having finally got round to watchng this I was SO pleased that I had – making me wonder why I had ever doubted a Studi Ghibli film in the first place?!
While I did feel at times the story to be slightly predicatbale (and this may be down to my familiarity with the live…
I've seen so many versions, adaptations of the borrowers it felt a little stale to me, but the attention to detail present in all Studio Ghibli films remains and keeps things interesting, and proves that Studio Ghibli has a consistent style that extends beyond Miyazaki himself (though he did work on this).
The ending isn't traditional but fits the theme very well.
Dear James Glenton, Assistant Sound Re-Recording Mixer for THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY,
Hey James, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am that the tinnitus you suffered mixing Clash of the Titans was not permanent. I knew your recovery from that cacophonous mess was complete listening to the quiet, almost reflective soundscape of The Secret World of Arrietty... (CONT'D)
I’m a big Studio Ghibli fan, and have been watching all of their films that I’ve missed over the last few months. They have 17 total (if you count Nausicaa and don’t count Poppy Hill) and this was the last one I hadn’t seen.
Needless to say the film is great. The art is beautiful as usual, but the backgrounds here are just ridiculously good, some of the best I’ve ever seen. The subject matter has been adapted before, but their take on it was unique and seemingly devoid of cliches. A truly great family movie.
Although the plot never really gets beyond the initial premise, the animation is really beautiful - attention to detail - particularly in the backdrop shots and stills