TME reviews : The Secret World of Arrietty

Posted: February 13, 2012 by tmepost in Movies, Reviews
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Reviewed By Norman Canseco
Release Feb 17 2012
Runtime 94 min
Directed By : Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Cast: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, and Carol Burnett
Genre: Animation, Family
Rating: G

One day a boy named Shawn come to visit his great-aunt at the House where his Mother and great Uncle lived. As he first arrives at the House he notices the cat acting rather strange. A closer look at a shrub, He spots a tiny girl climbing through the thicket and making her way through a duct underneath the house. This is the beginning of The Unforgettable Adventure brought to the silver screen by none other than Studio Ghibli (Ponyo, Spirited Away, and The Princess Mononoke).

Based on the award-winning Novel “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton. “The Secret World of Arrietty,” centers its story on the Clock Family consisting of 14-yr old Arrietty, her Mother Homily, and her Father Pod. The Pod Family have lived underneath are part of a race known as the borrowers. Tiny people who “borrow” scraps of things for survival. They generally venture out at night into the homes which they live under and seek out tiny scraps of only what they need to survive. Arrietty was nearing the age to venture out on her own. As She and her Father, Pod venture into the house one evening, she suddenly finds herself eye-to-eye with the human boy Shawn whom wishes to be her friend…

This film was full of many surprises and takes the audience on a trip through eyes of a borrower. The cast of characters included Bridgit Mendler as Arrietty a 14-yr old borrower who’s life was changed when she came eye to eye with the human boy Shawn, voiced by David Henrie. Arrietty’s Mother, Homily was voiced by Amy Poehler whom was very jittery and afraid of being discovered, was taken care of by her Husband Pod, voiced by Will Arnett. The great Carol Burnett plays Haru, the curious housekeeper. Together the voice talents brought this masterpiece to life and ran the audience around the house laughing for one scene, angry at the next and finally not knowing whether to smile or cry at the end…
With Arrietty you encounter the normal world through Shawns eyes and are then seamlessly seeing the Enormity of the House through Arrietty’s point of view. When she and her father venture out for her first time out, you are treated with the sights of the ingenuity these people had as they converted simple objects into climbing structures and intricate machinery such as flashlights and ascension lines. As they enter the kitchen you’re treated her discovery of finally matching the objects which had made the many sounds she had heard from the house during her life.
As a fan of Hayao Miyazaki, I knew this film would be an instant classic. Like the rest of the Ghibli films. The backgrounds are so colorful and filled with such detail, it would seem as though the characters are running across the canvas of a painting. If there was one thing I’d have to say about Miyazaki and his work, it would be that his ability to capture the innocence of his characters and bring them to life in such way that the audience can feel everything they experience. This will be yet another Film I’ll be waiting for home release. Definitely one for the Archives. 4.5 out of 5, not to be borrowed, more for keeps.


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