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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

Kari-gurashi no Arietti (original title)
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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 teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

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Mary Norton (novel), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moises Arias ... Spiller (voice)
Bridgit Mendler ... Arrietty (voice)
David Henrie ... Shawn (voice)
Will Arnett ... Pod (voice)
Carol Burnett ... Hara (voice)
Amy Poehler ... Homily (voice)
Shin'ichi Hatori Shin'ichi Hatori ... TV Announcer (voice)
Saoirse Ronan ... Arrietty (voice)
Tom Holland ... Shô (voice)
Luke Allen-Gale ... Spiller (voice)
Olivia Colman ... Homily (voice)
Mark Strong ... Pod (voice)
Phyllida Law ... Sadako (voice)
Geraldine McEwan ... Haru (voice)
Ray Gillon Ray Gillon ... Additional Voices (voice)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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.)


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | French

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret World of Arrietty See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 884,725,940 (Japan), 18 July 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,446,395, 19 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,202,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,570,827
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story takes place in 2010 in Western Tokyo's neighborhood of Koganei. Koganei is also where Studio Ghibli is located. See more »

Goofs

In one scene Shon is walking and wearing what looks like sandals.As he continues walking he then appears to be barefoot and then suddenly is seen wearing slippers. See more »

Quotes

Ladybird: [surprised]
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Alternate Versions

The American English dubbed version (under the title "The Secret World of Arrietty") features some extra narrated dialogue at the end of the film that is not in the Japanese or British English version, presumably to end the film on a more optimistic note. See more »

Connections

Version of Jackanory: The Borrowers: Part 5 (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Yukashita no Wagaya
("Our House Below")
Instrumental version
Composed by Cécile Corbel
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User Reviews

 
A Studio Ghibli charmer...
13 March 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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