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…
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.
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…
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…
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 beautiful and delicate film that shows again why Studio Ghibli's definitive closure would be a colossal loss to Cinema.
Studio Ghibli has taken a great story from my childhood and make such a fantastic film. Clearly they are visionaries and each film is a treasure and a masterpiece, these a films for the whole family to sit back and watch.
Really great, but also oddly depressing in a few scenes.
Although this was nice in a Studio Ghibli kind of way, I enjoyed the 1997, The Borrowers, version of this story much more.
Right in the kokoro. Cécile Corbel certainly did help.
One of the best looking animated films as the animation style of Studio Ghibli is on full display here, but the story doesn't have that depth of either character or plot that made films such as Grave of the Fireflies or My Neighbor Totoro so impactful. The characters bring a lot of heart to the film and the world of Arrietty feels like a magical place to get lost in.
The Disney version with an all cast voice acting re-dubbing of all the dialogue brings a new dynamic (with Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler and Saoirse Ronan making up the key characters) that adds something to the film, but may not have been 100% necessary.
All in all, a fun film that belongs in the Ghibli canon.
My Take: My Neighbor Totoro is better, IMHO.
A good natured and bitter sweet adaptation of The Borrowers.
One day soon I might be allowed to stop watching this.
A wonderful adventure film with beautiful animation, excellent sound design, and a movingly sweet story.
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