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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…
Disney claims to have magic; they can enchant child and adult alike. What they really have, though, is a magicians’ bag of expertly crafted tricks. Studio Ghibli has real magic.
Even without Miyazaki at the helm, first time director Hiromasa Yonebayashi carries the Ghibli DNA and makes real magic.
Some of their most powerful magic is realizing characters, both children and adults alike, that are so plausibly authentic that you effortlessly slip into the world they inhabit. The stories are inevitably from the point of view of the children, but the adults are never props; they are fully realized and they are drawn as our child protagonist would see them.
It’s also magic how Ghibli’s artists can create such achingly…
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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.
good film to share with fds
As a human bean I enjoyed this mixture of magical realism, allegory and some tragedy and even human cruelty quite a bit.
Added benefit: I just remembered that Ihad read probably twenty years ago a SF novel with a similar set-up and even discovered it at Amazon for Kindle download (Thomas R.P. Mielke's "Das Sakriversum")
Love this movie. Always love studio ghibli films!
A pretty good addition to the Studio Ghibli filmography although it is one that I found to be quite predictable in some parts and it didn't do anything that special in terms of its narrative. Nevertheless the charm is still there and so is the jaw dropping animation that I will never get over no matter how many Ghibli films I watch. Probably worth seeing but there are better Ghibli films out there to see.
I did not love this as much as I thought I would. The stories of the borrowers is a favourite of mine and I felt like this version just didn't have enough meat on the bones for me to really fall in love with it.
Linda, pero definitivamente no de las mejores de Studio Ghibli.
It took them over two decades, but Studio Ghibli finally gathered in a single movie of theirs a lot of the stuff you can easily find elsewhere: an evil adult, some contrived drama, a lot of grating music. And much like in Howl's Moving Castle, the surroundings are a lot more interesting than the characters; I could watch drops of tea struggling to pop out of an incredibly tiny kettle all day, but it was a bit hard to care too much about the kid's health or Arrietty's family (and how exactly didn't all of the little people get horribly killed by a crow or rat or some other animal ages ago?).
Also, Arrietty's mother looks exactly like Ponyo's father, which is mildly disturbing.
It can be daunting adapting a story from a different author and tweaking it to fit an animation studio’s aesthetic, but Studio Ghibli successfully managed to take Mary Norton’s The Borrowers and mold it into the dainty teacup serving that is The Secret World of Arrietty. Evidently, Miyazaki had been wanting to adapt the children’s novel forty years prior to its release and it was well worth the wait.
The film follows a family of small people as they try to remain undetected in their home under the floorboards. Complications arise when the daughter of the family, Arrietty, befriends a human boy, risking having their cover blown by people who want to capture them. This movie is enough to spark…
Me and my sister are alone in the house for a week, and now we finally get to pick and enjoy our own films with any distractions. This was one we had long waited to watch again, it's simply sublime.
This is Studio Ghibli's animated film inspired by The Borrowers by Mary Norton, about a young man who finds little people living in his house, who come out at night to borrow items from his family.
Quite simply, this is animation at its most tender and sublime. Have there ever been films outside of Ghibli with this sheer level of warmth, tenderness, beauty and serenity? Every inch of the house is rendered in near-photorealistic detail, with a caring and affection…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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