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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 »


Arietty: I have to go. When is your operation?
Shô: The day after tomorrow. I'm going to be okay. You gave me the courage to live.
Arietty: [Unclipping the pin from her hair & giving it to Shawn] For luck.
Shô: Thanks.
Arietty: [Now crying] You protected me after all.
Shô: Arrietty...
Arietty: I hope you have the best life ever. Goodbye.
Shô: Arrietty, you're a part of me now. I'll never forget you, ever.
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Version of Jackanory: The Borrowers: Part 3 (1967) See more »


Arrietty's Song
Lyrics by Cécile Corbel
Japanese lyrics by Yôko Ihira
Composed by Simon Caby and Cécile Corbel
Performed by Cécile Corbel
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User Reviews

Arrietty won me over with its engaging story and impressive animation.
20 March 2012 | by (Mars) – See all my reviews

Arrietty is a worthy addition to the Studio Ghibli canon, with animation that matches some of the best of the studio's past efforts. It's the first film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and it's based on the novel The Borrowers by English author Mary Norton. The script was written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. Arrietty is a perfectly admirable first effort by Yonebayashi though it in no way matches Miyazaki's best films. It reminds one of Spirited Away (2001). This is because the story is somewhat similar but also because the hand-drawn animation is used in the same wondrous way to show scenes of everyday life of the characters. The buildup in the story takes a while, however, by then the viewer is immersed in the anime's world. It seems to go by fast though the running time is 94 minutes. The score by French singer Cecile Corbel is a definite benefit, with a sound that's distinctly European. Arrietty is a simple but charming film that, in my opinion, is mostly for children. Adults won't get much out of it, but if you're in the mood to see a good animated film then I recommend seeing Arrietty.

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