Kari-gurashi no Arietti
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.
Plot Keywords: the-borrowers / studio-ghibli / five-word-title / female-protagonist / miniature-person
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: Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-3 | Germany:0 | Hong Kong:I | Ireland:G | Japan:G | Netherlands:9 | Norway:7 | Russia:0+ | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:0 (canton of Vaud) | United Kingdom:U | United States:G
Cast: Moises Arias , Bridgit Mendler , David Henrie , Will Arnett , Carol Burnett , Amy Poehler , Shin’ichi Hatori , Saoirse Ronan , Tom Holland , Luke Allen-Gale , Olivia Colman , Mark Strong , Phyllida Law , Geraldine McEwan , Ray Gillon , Steve Alpert , Tatsuya Fujiwara , Peter Jason , Ryûnosuke Kamiki , Kirin Kiki , Karey Kirkpatrick , Frank Marshall , Tomokazu Miura , Gracie Poletti , Mirai Shida , Dale Sison , Keiko Takeshita , Shinobu Ôtake
Company: Studio Ghibli
Language: Japanese , English , French
Released Date: 17 Jul 2010 (Japan)
Film Location: n/A
Runtime: 94 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
I B » Arrietty is a worthy addition to the Studio Ghibli canon, with animation that matches some of the best of the studio's past efforts. It's the first film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and it's based on the novel The Borrowers by English author Mary Norton. The script was written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. Arrietty is a perfectly admirable first effort by Yonebayashi though it in no way matches Miyazaki's best films. It reminds one of Spirited Away (2001). This is because the story is somewhat similar but also because the hand-drawn animation is used in the same wondrous way to show scenes of everyday life of the characters. The buildup in the story takes a while, however, by then the viewer is immersed in the anime's world. It seems to go by fast though the running time is 94 minutes. The score by French singer Cecile Corbel is a definite benefit, with a sound that's distinctly European. Arrietty is a simple but charming film that, in my opinion, is mostly for children. Adults won't get much out of it, but if you're in the mood to see a good animated film then I recommend seeing Arrietty.
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