The Secret World of Arrietty Review | Movie Reviews and News | EW.com
A Studio Ghibli release. The first hour is a little slow but the story picks up in the last half hour. I agree with the EW grade of B+. It is a beautifully created animated film, and you can see that Hayao Miyazaki is enamored of the post 50's idyllic childhood world he has created which is a mix of American innocence and Japanese countryside which is an interesting setting for Mary Norton's book "The Borrowers" that was set in an English manor when India was still part of the British Empire. I did like how the story developed and the underlying theme of not giving up and being true to yourself and living the best you can regardless of the time you have.Details Release Date: Feb 17, 2012; Rated: G; Length: 94 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Will Arnett, Carol Burnett and Amy Poehler; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
The Secret World of Arrietty, about a teeny-size 14-year-old girl who lives with her family beneath the *floorboards of a big house and the human-size boy who befriends her, is adapted from British author Mary Norton's wonderful *children's fantasy novels, The Borrowers. The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan's Studio Ghibli, cofounded by the great *Spirited Away animator Hayao Miyazaki. The result is a dreamy, soft-edged hybrid, equally interested in observing *raindrops and the worries of a race of *minuscule beings.