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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.

Writers:

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)
Steve Alpert Steve Alpert ... Additional Voices (voice)
Moises Arias ... Spiller (voice)
Will Arnett ... Pod (voice)
Carol Burnett ... Hara (voice)
Ray Gillon Ray Gillon ... Additional Voices (voice)
David Henrie ... Shawn (voice)
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Storyline

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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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.)


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Nervous at the idea of directing this movie, Hiromasa Yonebayashi initially always sought Executive Producer and Writer Hayao Miyazaki's advice and opinions. He eventually realized he was on a journey he should face alone when the time came to draw the storyboard, and Miyazaki congratulated him for it. See more »

Goofs

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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[last lines]
[North American version]
Shawn: I never saw her again. But the following summer I returned and was happy to hear the people in the house down the road talking about how many things in their home had gone missing.
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Alternate Versions

A different, British English dub was recorded for the United Kingdom and Ireland release of the film (under the title "Arrietty"), with the voices of Saoirse Ronan as Arrietty, Tom Holland as Shô and Mark Strong, Olivia Coleman, Phyllida Law and Geraldine McEwan. See more »

Connections

Version of Jackanory: The Borrowers: Part 2 (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Another Charming Ghibli
8 August 2011 | by joemonkey1See all my reviews

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You can't beat hand drawn animation. No matter how realistic your computer generated image is or how much the train conductor looks like Tom Hanks, you can't really compete with the beauty of Ghibli's animation. And that really comes across when seeing this new offering on the big screen. Along with some descent English dubbing and the humour that always accompanies tiny people with giant sugar cubes, Arrietty is the usual charming goodness from team Ghibli.

Arrietty is The Borrowers (in fact many cinemas are calling it just that) Tiny people live under the floorboards of a house where a young boy with a heart condition is gathering some much needed rest before his impending risky operation. They hide themselves from us humans waiting until night to sneak into our homes and 'Borrow' the things we wont miss, like sugar cubes and tissues. The majority of the fun in this film comes from watching the tiny borrowers clamber around the shelves using string to rappel off cupboards.

Olivia Colman (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz) Is brilliant as the panicky Mum of Arrietty constantly fretting about the humans and her daughter running off all the time. Geraldine McEwan (Miss Marple) is also great as Haru, she is a classic creepy Ghibli old lady and some of the noises she makes are making me laugh just now thinking of them.

It's easy for kids to follow and endlessly beautiful to watch. Not really surprising that they have done it again and thanks to Pixar dropping the ball (again) with Cars 2, Oscar this year please?

See http://brotherscinemazov.blogspot.com/ for more on all things film.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$149,184,563
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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