The Secret World of Arrietty is one of my favorite movies this year. If you weren’t able to catch it in the theaters, now’s your chance to pick it up on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a great story about “little people” living under our floorboards who “borrow” things that we don’t notice, like a piece of tissue paper or a cube of sugar. Their goal is to never be seen, and for the big people (“beans”) to never know that they borrowed anything. I love that the main character is a strong-willed 14-year old girl who is forced to make many tough decisions about life, love, and family, and develops a heart warming relationship with a bean living in the house.
If you’ve enjoyed other Japanese animated movies such as Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo, Spirited Away, or My Neighbor Totoro, you’re going to love this movie. Brandon (4 years old) really loves this movie! He loves to pretend that he’s going on a big adventure to borrow things that we don’t need anymore. :)
“Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people,Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could driveArrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom.”