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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

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

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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Taglines:

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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

7.5 million people saw the film in theaters, an all-time record in Japan for a movie with a first time director. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Bum Reviews: The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Areta Niwa
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Instrumental version
Composed by Cécile Corbel
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A Studio Ghibli charmer...
13 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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