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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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French singer Cécile Corbel, a big fan of Studio Ghibli's films, had sent the studio her second album as a gift back in 2009. Toshio Suzuki listened to it, was seduced and thus decided to hire her to compose the film's score. 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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Taisetsuna Omohide
("Precious Memories")
Composed by Cécile Corbel
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Beautiful and Melancholic Tale of Friendship between Different Ones
2 January 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Tokyo, the boy Sho has a heart condition and is neglected by his parents. He moves to the house of his Aunt Sadako and her housemaid Haru to wait for a heart surgery, but he is depressed with the absence of his mother.

Meanwhile the fourteen-year-old Arrietty lives on the underground of Sadako's house with her father Pad and her hysterical mother Homily. They are Borrowers, tiny people that collect simple things they need in the house. Sho sees Arrietty on the garden and during the night, she participates for the first time of a harvest with her father. Arrietty accidentally drops a sugar cube in Sho's bedroom, but on the next morning Sho leaves the cube near a window in the basement.

Arrietty's parents decide to move to another place since they have been discovered by an inhabitant of the house. But there is the menace of Haru that wants to capture the tiny people.

"Kari-gurashi no Arietti" is a beautiful and melancholic tale of friendship between different ones. Arrietty is a lovely and sweet character and it is impossible not falling in love with her. The conclusion is open despite the message of hope, since the fates of Sho and Arrierry and her family are inconclusive. We hope that the boy recovers from his heart surgery and Arriety and her parents find a new home. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Mundo dos Pequeninos" ("the World of the Little Ones")

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