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.
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…
Beautiful film and music, not one of my favourite Studio Ghilbi films as I felt it took a while to get into. Still very cute.
There's a pretty identifiable trend between the quality of Ghibli films and adaptations of Western books. Arrietty is an adaptation of The Borrowers, and is the most commercially successful original anime film within the USA, largely in part to a strong promotional push on Disney's part at the time. However, the studio's visual flair and creative spark has been lost in a setting you'd think ideal for Ghibli to bring to life. The subtleties within their animation they are known for have been lost, and the story is safe and uninspiring. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the film's director, is also responsible for the studio's swansong - When Marnie Was There. Both share similarities in terms of lacking the quality you'd expect from…
Una película del Estudio Ghibli. No hace falta decir mucho más.
Esta película al igual que todas las que salen de ahí es una pura maravilla. Ya es una de mis favoritas.
La historia es preciosa, y los personajes como siempre te acabas enamorando completamente de ellos. Los dibujos siguen el estilo de muchas de las películas de esta firma.
Y como siempre enviando un gran mensaje, sobre cuidar la naturaleza y respetar a las criaturas que viven en ella. Mediante unas criaturas que son como humanos diminutos, nos demuestra como los humanos nos preocupamos muy poco por la influencia que nuestros actos tienen en la naturaleza.
Another winner from Studio Ghibli, "Arrietty" is tons of fun, featuring an excellent english dub.
Una historia muy tierna, los trazos y el diseño de escenarios son fantásticos y la música igual. Al final querras saber más de los personajes.
Among the better non-Miyazaki, non-Takahata Ghibli films, with its great attention to detail and amazing ability to viscerally convey the dangers of living as a Borrower. (Horrific images from Attack on Titan came to mind in certain instances.) The beauty and overall sweetness of the film is perhaps a greater strength than the character development which offered few surprises, but I admired the film for avoiding sappiness and not delivering a traditional happy ending.
Not quite as eye-popping as Spirited Away but still beautiful, albeit on a smaller, more granular scale - the story is a bit sentimental and the ending seems too abrupt, but enchanting nonetheless.
Wish I could have watched with the original Japanese dub, really not a fan of the english one
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