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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Credited cast:
Mirai Shida ... Arietti (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Shô (voice)
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Supirâ (voice)
Tomokazu Miura ... Poddo (voice)
Shinobu Ôtake Shinobu Ôtake ... Homirî (voice)
Keiko Takeshita Keiko Takeshita ... Sadako (voice)
Kirin Kiki ... Haru (voice)
Shin'ichi Hatori Shin'ichi Hatori ... Yûbin haitatsuin (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luke Allen-Gale ... Spiller (voice)
Stephen Alpert Stephen Alpert ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Steve Alpert)
Moises Arias ... Spiller (voice)
Will Arnett ... Pod
Carol Burnett ... Hara (voice)
Ray Gillon Ray Gillon ... Additional Voices (voice)
David Henrie ... Shawn (voice)
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Fourteen-year-old Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler, Saoirse Ronan, and Mirai Shida) 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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There are two English dubs. There is a British English dub distributed by StudioCanal released in 2011 in the United Kingdom and the Disney dub in the United States released in 2012. One year after the Japanese release and the StudioCanal dub is mostly recommended. 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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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 »

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Version of The Borrowers (1973) See more »

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The Wild Waltz
Composed by Cécile Corbel
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Arrietty is another solid Ghibli animated movie.
11 October 2011 | by lewiskendellSee 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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Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,446,395, 19 February 2012

Gross USA:

$19,587,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,411,550
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1.85 : 1
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