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

Gross:

$19,192,510 (USA) (1 June 2012)
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At 36 years old Hiromasa Yonebayashi, was the youngest person to direct a film for Studio Ghibli. See more »

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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 »

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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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Taisetsuna Omohide
("Precious Memories")
Composed by Cécile Corbel
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Arrietty is another solid Ghibli animated movie.
11 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A "smaller-scale" Ghibli movie than what we're used to, but a good one. The Secret World of Arrietty is the story of a family of "borrowers" a tiny race of people who live within the homes of ordinary humans and who are supposed to stay hidden from them at all times. 

It's visually as beautiful as you'd expect from Ghibli, with even simple backgrounds looking as lovely as a painting. Instead of the fantastical lands of most Ghibli films like Spirited Away or Howl's Moving Castle, The Secret World of Arrietty is set in an ordinary home. But the simple beauty of everything and seeing the lovingly-drawn detail in everyday items from the view of smaller eyes makes this one of the more memorable Ghibli movies from a visual standpoint, in my opinion. 

As for the story, it's simple and effective, and deals with nothing more than the human occupants of a home, including a young boy with a heart condition, and the family of borrowers that also lives there unknown. Arrietty herself, the daughter of the family of tiny people, continues the tradition of fantastic female characters that comes from Studio Ghibli. 

This isn't an action-packed movie with a grand climax or anything like that, but I found it satisfying and pleasantly watchable. Arrietty left me with good feelings and avoided being heavy-handed with messages as some Ghibli movies can tend to do. I liked it a lot (better than Howl's Moving Castle and Tales from Earthsea, if not quite as much as Ponyo), and I'll be happily seeing it again at the theater when it comes out in the U.S. 


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