Rated G, Opens in theaters Feb. 17!
In this animated adventure, Arrietty is an adorable, teeny, courageous 14-year-old “Borrower” living with her mother and father under the floorboards of a quiet home. A sweet and solid family life is portrayed as the borrowers go about their miniature daily lives. Adventure ensues when 12-year-old Shawn is sent to stay in the home and sees the mythical Arrietty, changing her life and perhaps his own, forever.
I entered the theater on a snowy D.C. morning, yet, as the film began, I felt transported to a warm Summer day. The hues and lighting of the scenes and the detail in the characters are so marvelous! And that was just the beginning of the magic of the film. The exquisite animation and tender storyline make for a truly uplifting movie experience.
I did expect a lot from the film.
I love the 1903 book, “The Borrowers” and I have enjoyed many other films from Studio Gibli. Who isn’t awed by the delicate animation by screenwriter and filmmaker, in such films as “Ponyo” and “ ” and one of my favorites, “Totoro”?
Miyazaki first noticed “The Borrowers” 40 years ago. At the time he wished to make a movie version, but the timing was not yet right. Yet, Miyazaki revisited his idea, and in 2010, “The Secret World of Arrietty” was released in Japan, becoming the highest grossing film at the box office that year. The film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Toshio Suzuki.
Today, the timing seems perfect, as the film echos with themes of the fragility of our ecosystem and the need to be brave and resourceful.
The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” brings some delightful talent to the animated film, with a voice cast of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias. I particularly enjoyed Will Arnett, as the firm but softhearted father of Arrietty.
I really recommend this family friendly movie. Our whole family was delighted with it, from the six-year-old to the 17-year-old…to me. In fact, the theater was packed with young children for this screening, yet they were all so quiet! I think they really were in awe of the movie. There was some clapping, but no fussing!