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The Borrowers (2011)

The Borrowers are four-inch high "little people" who live under the floorboards.

Director:

Tom Harper

Writers:

Mary Norton (novel), Ben Vanstone (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Eccleston ... Pod Clock
Sharon Horgan ... Homily Clock
Aisling Loftus ... Arrietty Clock
Robert Sheehan ... Spiller
Victoria Wood ... Granny Driver
Stephen Fry ... Professor Mildeye
Shaun Dooley ... Robert Millman
Charlie Hiscock Charlie Hiscock ... James Millman
Anne Hirsch Anne Hirsch ... Jenny
Warona Seane Warona Seane ... Karen Richards
Jane Hill Jane Hill ... BBC News Presenter
Jonathan Blake Jonathan Blake ... BBC Reporter
Catherine Burns Catherine Burns ... Radio Voiceover (voice)
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Storyline

Pod and Homily Clock and their sixteen year old daughter Arietty are 'Borrowers', four inch high people who live under the floor boards in Granny Driver's house and borrow what they need without her knowledge. She is determined to catch them. When Arietty defies her father and strays into the house alone young James hides her and they become friends but Granny contacts Professor Mildeye, who is obsessed with the existence of 'Homo Sapiens Redactus', whom he wants to exhibit to the world and he captures Pod and Homily. Fortunately Arietty and resourceful fellow Borrower Spiller join forces with James to effect a rescue before the professor can dissect his tiny captives. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Csenő manók See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

When Arrietty wanders off exploring the bigger community of Borrowers she comes across a bunch of them watching a movie. The movie they are watching is the 2003 hit "Love Actually"...a movie that has become one of those "must watch" movies during the Christmas holidays. See more »

Goofs

After Spiller rescues Pod, the rope that was dangling from the air vent disappears. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Lyrics by Hugo Martin
Music attributed to Ralph Blane
Performed by Hafdís Huld
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The Japanese anime version is the better choice
29 December 2011 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I have not read the book, but since I have seen two versions of the story and they are both fairly similar, I can say that I know what it is about now. I have to say that the Christmas released British version was not exceptional in any way, even if casting Christopher Eccleston and Robert Sheehan from the Misfits.

The story is about a race of small humans that live underneath the floorboards of a house and "borrow" stuff in order to survive. They are basically human vermin, but intelligent and benign. The focus of the story is Arietty, a borrower teen girl who wants to explore like her father and therefore exposes her family to the human "beans" and almost gets them killed. In the end, all is good.

I have to say that the Japanese version was much better, even if from Hayao Miyazaki's animations it was probably the weakest. I can't stop from thinking that the story itself is not very good, due to its simplicity and lack of character development, but not having read it, I cannot give an informed opinion.

Bottom line: a small fairy tale like story, but not exceptional and a wee bit boring.


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