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.
The Secret World of Arrietty is very pretty to look at and has its charming moments, but it lacks the narrative and depth that most other Studio Ghibli films have built themselves on. Simplicity does not a bad film make - just look at My Neighbor Totoro - but I never really empathized or felt connected to most of the characters. It felt as though everyone was nice until the house-maid in the third act who had a sudden face-heel turn of sorts, which I can't help but feel as though was shoe-horned in so we could have a bad guy to boo at.
The strengths of Arrietty lie in the par-for-the-course beautiful animation. While a few scenes were clearly…
I did not grow up with Studio Ghibli. But It's still beautiful whenever I remember I saw the first Ghibli films; it was Grave of the Fireflies, and although it was not as 'happy' as other works, in my mind I was telling myself that finally I found these gems, which long I haven't see.
The Secret World of Arriettty is a beautiful work and automatically wake the 'child imagination' in me. I'm not so sure how to explain, but my eyes were filled with joys, not only because of the animation (I don't have to say anything about the animation, right?) but the story also, so tense for young audiences, and somehow still excites me.
A fine Ghibli except at times suffers from almost too small a world (though I guess considering the thimble size of the protagonist this might be intentional).
Arrietty is not a grand epic, which is, I suppose, part of why I hesitate to call it another Ghibli masterpiece. I personally go for films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away; the ambitious qualities of those movies are difficult to ignore, and the fact that they manage to pull off such large-scale stories successfully really impresses me. Even with the smaller-scale Ghibli works, I tend to go for set-ups that resemble Kiki's Delivery Service or Yonebayashi's latest film, When Marnie Was There, simply because they have some sort of unusual twist to them that we've never seen before. A group of tiny people or creatures living in someone's house is nothing new.
However, I still enjoy Arrietty more than…
Just beautiful... not sure why that old woman had to be so evil though.
Another wonderful Ghibli movie. Heartwarming, beautifully drawn.
A simple cube of sugar begins a beautiful story.
Beautiful to look at, but strangely dissatisfying.
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