The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty

DVD - 2012
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In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure.


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While it's not as good as the books ("The Borrowers" series by Mary Norton), and I wouldn't expect it to be, I enjoyed this movie a lot. I've always been fascinated by secret passages and the idea of tiny people who could do what the Borrowers do with the most ordinary objects, and the movie brought that along from the book quite well. Parts of it appealed to my sentimental side too. I also have a soft spot for the movie because one of the first times God spoke to me through someone else, He used a reference to a song from this movie's credits! The peace of the garden atmosphere that pervades much of the movie is a beautifully refreshing contrast to the action-packed, star-studded, dark-and-gritty, mind-blowing-CGI films "in theaters everywhere!" The only thing I really didn't like was the movie's portrayal of Spiller, who seems just like the stereotyped "Indians" from Disney's Peter Pan movie - not even remotely close to his character in the books. Fortunately, he is only a minor character in the movie.

Aug 04, 2016

The movie was slow in the beginning but got a lot more interesting later on. Arrietty is my favourite character and is very brave. An awesome movie, characters, editors, directors, programmers and so on.

Jul 21, 2016

Arrietty is a small person, known as a Borrower (for she and her family borrow household items that humans no longer need) that can fit in a dollhouse. It’s a cute, somber movie will little action but the action is great. The movie follows Arrietty her longing to see the big world around her, until trouble arises and she is forced of her home along with her family. Before that she meets a human boy with cancer. The movie is a tear jerking not only because you’ll want to know what happened to the boy and his cancer but all of Arrietty’s conversations with him.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 21, 2015

Cute anime..... enjoyed it much.

Aug 14, 2015

Slow start, strong finish. Not Ghibli's best but still worth watching.

Aug 01, 2015

From Japan's great Studio Ghibli, which gave us "Spirited Away," "Princess Mononoke," and "Ponyo" comes this beautiful adaptation of Mary Norton's "The Borrowers." Some comments are giving this a hard time and seem to be disappointed that this is not a Miyazaki movie (he did the screenplay and planning). It was directed by first timer Hiromasa Yonebayahsi and if it doesn't quite measure up to the master, it's still the kind of visually stunning and engaging movie we've come to expect from the studio. The American voices are done by Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, and Carol Burnett. If you're look for an alternative to Disney for your kids (although Disney is in charge of the DVD release), look no further. I disagree with Wolfie_Darkpaw, this will not "leave you with great disappointment."

d2013 Apr 30, 2015

Again, so well done!

Mar 03, 2015

Great animation (as usual) from Ghibli Studios. Sad story though. :(

Feb 05, 2014

“The Secret World of Arrietty,” is a Japanese animation produced by Hayao Mazaki and directed by Hirosama Yonebayashi. There is an English dubbed version which is more convenient for us to watch so we don’t have to read the subtitles. But both versions have the same story line. “The Secret World of Arriety,” has a very touching story betweentwo different living creatures in their world. Shawn is a human, while Arrietty is a tiny being. Arrietty lives inside the canal of Shawn’s house but Arrietty likes to take adventures into the big world. When Shawn moves into the house, he sees something moving in their garden that’s really small but didn’t seem like a bug to him. He discovers Arrietty. Arrietty wasn’t really scared of him but his parents always tell her to be careful of humans. Her parents always tell her about their relatives being killed by the humans or eaten by their cat and injured by cockroaches, but Arrietty is a girl full of adventure. When Arrietty’s family is in danger because of Shawn’s nurse, their friendship, grown in a short period of time, shows that no matter the size, type, or form, everyone needs love. Shawn shows loyalty to his one and only friend Arrietty and even though it hurts for him to let her leave, he had to let go of her to make her happy.
In my opinion, I love Japanese animation because they have really good story lines. “The Secret World of Arrietty,” is one of those animations. I like how it doesn’t just run on about one happening and make it a huge deal throughout the whole movie because some movies tend to do that. I also love how even though it has a serious story, they still add scenes and characters that make the story humorous. At first, there really aren’t any antagonists in the story but as the story goes on the antagonist is revealed. I love everything about the movie except for one thing, the ending. For stories like this, I think there should be a really good ending or at least a continuation like a part 2 or 1-2 years later. It made me really sad at the end because I felt like it was lacking. “There was nothing that happened after that? Does Shawn die? Do Arrietty and her family survive?” those are all the questions I had to ask myself so I felt like the end didn’t tie up all the loose ends. But aside from the end, I loved everything. I recommend for all of you to watch it! It’s a very touching movie!

emilitanteadvey Oct 09, 2013

I cried so hard when he explained to Arrietty about how everyone has to die at some point or another, and he wasn't talking about the Borrowers, but rather about himself and his heart condition.

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crystal_dark Feb 24, 2013

Arrietty, a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper. Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shou, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger. (From


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