The Secret World of Arrietty
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First of all, no, Miyazaki didn't actually direct this time around. He only penned and planned the story along with other production guidance. So I'm okay with saying this arguably isn't Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, or Howl's Moving Castle, but this is that studio Ghibli magic you love. I feel it closely kindred to Kiki's Delivery Service or My Neighbor Totoro. I personally fail to see how any Studio Ghibli fan could walk away from this film unhappy. For that matter I fail to see how any child at heart could walk away from this film without a smile on their face. Films like this evoke a feeling of childhood and a sense of wonder.
The animation is gorgeous and possibly even more stimulating since we see virtually no hand drawn animation on the silver screen in North America (though so far this year I've been blessed with the Beauty and the Beast re-release and a Fullmetal Alchemist film at my small town theater). As far as Arrietty is concerned the background designers paid great attention to detail while the characters have that streamlined Miyazaki look but move with fluidity and such realism. It's very captivating to see the familiar concept of creatures living between floorboards in such a new inventive way. Seeing what they borrow from the humans and how they use it is part of the charm of the film.Read more ›
Mr. Miyazaki does not disappoint, retelling the original children's story "Borrowers" by Mary Norton and placing it in the present, with the main characters being Shawn, a sickly boy who is sent to live with his great aunt and her maid Hara, where he discovers a secret family of tiny people that includes husband and wife Pod and Homily and Arrietty, their 13-year-old daughter who is just learning to "borrow," something her kind does to survive. As the story unravels, Arrietty's adventures are highlighted by wonderful scenes of the world from a point of view of a 4-inch tall person.
The ending of this movie does not disappoint, and I am definitely planning to see this movie several more times with my nephews, and to buy the DVD when it comes out to add to my Miyazaki collection. I would definitely recommend this movie, especially to a family with young children!
I could go on and on like this, but the main thing I want to get across is that this is an unusually good movie--a rare pleasure for both eye and ear. (That last part has to do not only with the exceptional voice acting and sound effects, but also with the voice and harp of Cécile Corbel.) You really don't want to miss this one, whether you're an adult or a child. For children, a movie like this is pure magic--something that will stay and be fondly remembered. Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki can be counted on for things like that. Long may they shine!
"The Secret of Arriety" is a wonderful film, up there with classics such as "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Spirited Away." Based on the timeless children's story, "The Borrowers", it follows Arriety and her family, who are all Borrowers living inside the house of a disgruntled old woman. A Borrower is a sort of pocket human, a tiny person who goes around and takes things from humans that they wouldn't miss. Examples include a cube of sugar, or a single snack cracker. To the Borrowers, these things are massive hauls that will last them weeks. But their existence is threatened once the old woman who lives the house, Haru, discovers their presence and begins the first of many attempts to entrap them. It's only with the aid of kindly Sho, the woman's sick nephew who lives in the house, do they stand a chance at surviving.
It's instantly clear that, compared to much larger struggles seen in other Ghibli films, this conflict is relatively small-scale.Read more ›
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product arrived quickly. movie itself wasn't all that great.Published 3 days ago by Sarah Velasquez
its a studio Ghibli Movie so you know you have a beautiful movie in front of you. if you don't like foreign type movies or animations stay away obviously. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love Hayao Miyazaki Collections . His movies are great to watch and his art in the movie is amazing. Definitely will buy some more of his movies.Published 9 days ago by Rochele Rabot
The story is The Borrowers by the script is written by the great Miyasaki. Studio Ghibli creates a complete world full of adventure and friendship.Published 12 days ago by barbara r
Miyazaki takes the imagination to places that Disney can't. Superb artistry.Published 13 days ago by Diana M. Skill
My daughter was thrilled to receive this as a Christmas gift!Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Sorry I don't know.
I think the Blu-Ray came out in Japan already, so its possible they said its OK to include the Japanese track to it.
Do the other Studio Ghibli Blu-Rays come with the Japanese track?
Such as Nausicaa?
I do know that apparently this will include both the UK & US dub of the... Read More
Mar 24, 2012 by Eric R. Dent | See all 7 posts
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