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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
"Kari-gurashi no Arietti" (original title)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  17 February 2012 (USA)
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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

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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)  »

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The Secret World of Arrietty  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,446,395 (USA) (17 February 2012)


$19,192,510 (USA) (1 June 2012)

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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 »


The story takes place some where in western Tokyo. Domestic cars in Japan have their steering wheels on the right side, but Aunt Sadoko's Mercedes is a left hand drive, since it is an imported car. The housekeeper Haru's red car is a right hand drive, as it is a normal, domestic Japanese car. 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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Version of Jackanory: The Borrowers: Part 4 (1967) See more »


Boku no Namida
("Tears in My Eyes")
Composed by Cécile Corbel
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Another Charming Ghibli
8 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews


You can't beat hand drawn animation. No matter how realistic your computer generated image is or how much the train conductor looks like Tom Hanks, you can't really compete with the beauty of Ghibli's animation. And that really comes across when seeing this new offering on the big screen. Along with some descent English dubbing and the humour that always accompanies tiny people with giant sugar cubes, Arrietty is the usual charming goodness from team Ghibli.

Arrietty is The Borrowers (in fact many cinemas are calling it just that) Tiny people live under the floorboards of a house where a young boy with a heart condition is gathering some much needed rest before his impending risky operation. They hide themselves from us humans waiting until night to sneak into our homes and 'Borrow' the things we wont miss, like sugar cubes and tissues. The majority of the fun in this film comes from watching the tiny borrowers clamber around the shelves using string to rappel off cupboards.

Olivia Colman (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz) Is brilliant as the panicky Mum of Arrietty constantly fretting about the humans and her daughter running off all the time. Geraldine McEwan (Miss Marple) is also great as Haru, she is a classic creepy Ghibli old lady and some of the noises she makes are making me laugh just now thinking of them.

It's easy for kids to follow and endlessly beautiful to watch. Not really surprising that they have done it again and thanks to Pixar dropping the ball (again) with Cars 2, Oscar this year please?

See http://brotherscinemazov.blogspot.com/ for more on all things film.

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