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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…
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…
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 movie was enjoyable and sweet. The music was perfect in helping to build the atmosphere of wonder. It really made me want to be a Borrower.
My only knock on this film was the pacing - the slow build could be a just a little too slow at times.
All in all, it was a visually stunning film that was cute and heartwarming.
I had forgotten what a stunningly beautifully film this is, the attention to detail is amazing, right down to the leaves having parts missing from the attention of insects. It would be difficult to beat the hand drawn art in this, it gives it soul. The story is engaging and so believable, you are given an insight into the world of these wee people. They live a simple and mostly uncomplicated life, rats and insects are perils they cope with in a manner that makes you feel they are at home in their environment. You are given a sense of being their with them. I liked the pace of the film also which suited it nicely, the occasional scenes that…
"Arrietty, you're in my heart. Now and for always. I will never forget you. Ever."
I grew up with the 1997 film The Borrowers. So when I heard a Japanese re-telling of the same source material in form of an anime film was coming up I was quite excited. A new take on this story I liked so much and thought could be explored a lot more.
The story is about little people living secretly in a house. They call themselves the borrowers and they survive by taking things from the humans to whom they can never have contact for safety reasons.
The soundtrack is amazing. Granted the…
Si bien el el guion es de Miyazaki y tiene su estilo el filme no tiene la calidad que el director impone en sus filme, eso no quiere decir que esta sea una mala película, es una excelente historia de ilusión y fantasía, todo hecho con la excelente calidad que los estudios Ghibli siempre imponen en sus filmes.
While the script was written by Miyazaki and it has his style, the film does not have the quality that the director imposes on his own movies, that does not mean that this is a bad movie, not at all, this is an excellent history of illusion and fantasy, all done with the excellent quality that Ghibli studios imposes in its films.
Beautiful animation showing the tiny world of the borrowers. Left my kids wanting to be able to put a tiny human in a jar (not sure what that says about my parenting). I think the story itself could have been a little better. I love the premise and the fact that it doesn't give us that Hollywood ending. I've never read the source material but maybe I should. Entertaining and fun to watch.
Yet another wonderfully animated feature from Studio Ghibli, The Secret World of Arrietty's best moments are those that feature tiny protagonist Arrietty (voiced by Mirai Shida) doing what she and her family do best: borrowing. Arrietty has her little superhero uniform and she gets the job done. Her interactions with sickly Shō (Ryunosuke Kamiki) are also cute and heartfelt, but the scenes that endanger Arrietty and her family are surprisingly the least successful parts. Still, there's a lot to enjoy in this little family film.
[Originally written on my blog.]
Sheepish admission: This is my highest rating to date for a "traditional" Ghibli film. (My favorite is the wholly atypical My Neighbors the Yamadas.) Granted, it lacks the enchanting highs of Miyazaki's best work...but it also lacks those films' tendency to gradually devolve into phantasmagorical senselessness, thanks to ably-plotted source material in the form of Mary Norton's The Borrowers. Slight but diverting, and the emphasis on scale, with tiny people navigating giant objects, suits animation perfectly.
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