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…
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.
Exactly as gentle and sweet as it's intended, and the intent behind The Secret World of Arrietty is striking and maybe kind of radical. Pixar - battered by regurgitating properties though they are - are still the critical heavyweights of animation in the US, and they would probably never attempt a film with this level of stillness and quiet. Sure, there are similar transporting shifts of perspectives here - our heroine is, after, a Borrower, or a tiny person who makes a home for herself and her family out of the crumbs and scraps we big, clumsy human beings (or beans, as you prefer), leave around. But Arrietty doesn't hinge on a big heist or a mad crow antagonist, on…
Maravillosa es poco.
In hindsight I think my biggest problem with this film is that the story and character relationships felt very half-baked. The boy rubbed me the wrong way. It seemed like his only two traits were "charming" and "has a heart condition." He had no personality, just a strange fixation with the lead, who seems to melt at whenever he speaks. Compare this to a relationship like Kiki and Tombo in Kiki's Delivery Service, where one can do without the other but they're both clearly attracted to each other and slightly confused about it. Arrietty, due to her size, is rendered something of a damsel in the final act, dependent entirely on charming sick-boy defending her and her family from the…
When I started watching all these Studio Ghibli films about a week ago, my original intention was to view the catalog in chronological order of release, but as you can see I just said "fuck it" at some point. I will watch them all, just in my own order. Fuck regulations.
Anyways, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is absolutely delightful. At this point in Ghibli's history, it had been a lengthy time since the studio had crafted one of their more intimate, quiet films. With the likes of MONONOKE and SPIRITED AWAY, Miyazaki and co. had begun crafting darker, more epic films. Nothing wrong with that at all, but ARRIETTY is a nice reminder that the gorgeous animation and immaculate…
Nope, sorry, this film wasn't very good.
It wasn't charming, endearing or emotionally engaging.
Studio Ghibli is very hit and miss with me. This just didn't do anything for me.
The characters were just annoying and the narrative events were just not engaging.
I didn't care what happened to people and the emotional twists did absolutely nothing.
I watched a 5 minute short film before and cried because I was invested. This film couldn't do that at all in 70 minutes. It tried lazily to do so though.
I don't get the love for it. It pales in comparison to My Neighbour Totoro.
This is the closest I'll ever come to switching off a film without actually doing so.
I have 40 minutes left and this film is killing me. My veins are pulsating with frustration.
Over half of the Ghibli films really don't do anything for me.
I'm surprised how ignored Arrietty was by its release. It's one of the best, most touching and magical movies by Studio Ghibi (of course below Spirited Away and Totoro), with a great detailed scenario, gorgeous animation, beautiful and maching music and an amazing opening. It's also very, very cute and a near-masterpiece overall.
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