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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

Kari-gurashi no Arietti (original title)
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The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spiller (voice)
Arrietty (voice)
Shawn (voice)
Pod (voice)
Hara (voice)
Homily (voice)
Shin'ichi Hatori ...
TV Announcer (voice)
Arrietty (voice)
Shô (voice)
Spiller (voice)
Homily (voice)
Pod (voice)
Sadako (voice)
Haru (voice)
Ray Gillon ...
Additional Voices (voice)


14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items that they borrow from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty. Written by ANN

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Ningen ni mirare te wa ikenai. Sore ga yukashita no kodomo-tachi no okite datta. (Do not be seen by humans. That's been the law of children of the underfloor.)


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Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arrietty  »


Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 884,725,940 (Japan), 18 July 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,446,395, 19 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the U.S. version, Bridgit Mendler and David Henrie play the lead characters who become best of friends. Prior, the two played boyfriend and girlfriend on the show Wizards of Waverly Place (2007). See more »


In one scene Shon is walking and wearing what looks like sandals.As he continues walking he then appears to be barefoot and then suddenly is seen wearing slippers. See more »


Shô: You came back. Wait, don't go.
Arietty: Please, leave us alone. I wanted to tell you that.
Shô: I want to talk to you.
Arietty: Human beings are dangerous. If we're seen, we have to leave. My parents said so.
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Shô no Uta
("Shô's Song")
Composed by Cécile Corbel
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A Studio Ghibli charmer...
13 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Studio Ghibli have been responsible for some of my favourite animated movies, especially Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Grave of the Fireflies, Castle in the Sky and My Neighbour Totoro. In fact I haven't seen a Ghibli I dislike, even their weakest Tales from Earthsea while problematic is worth a viewing. Arietty is not one of Ghibli's best, but that doesn't stop it from being a truly charming film. As with all Studio Ghibli's work, the visuals are stunning, with the colours especially having such an ethereal quality to them, and the music has a pleasant Celtic lilt making the movie even more beautiful than it already is. The script amused and touched me, and the storytelling doesn't rely on wisecracks and action(not that it's a bad thing as such) but instead it is subtle and gentle with a lot of charm and heart, letting us bond emotionally with the characters and their world. True, the ending is a little bittersweet, but considering the storytelling it worked I felt. The characters, especially Arietty, are likable and engaging, and the voice work is terrific, the standouts being Olivia Colman, Geraldine McEwan, Mark Strong and very talented child actress Saoirse Ronan. Overall, a very charming film. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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