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The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)

The Secret World of Arrietty

Overview


Genre

Animation, Family

Release Date

February 17, 2012

MPAA Rating

G

Duration

94 min.

Studio

Walt Disney Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Producer

Frank Marshall, Toshio Suzuki

Screenwriter

Hayao Miyazaki

Starring

Story


Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli ("Spirited Away," "Ponyo") comes "The Secret World of Arrietty," an animated adventure based on Mary Norton's acclaimed children's book series "The Borrowers."

Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) 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 Shawn (voice of David Henrie), 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.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..there are no power ballads and less slapstick, and even the look is softer, closer to the smudgy shades of water colors..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
“..cinematically expanding a classic story without over-enlarging its scope..”
by Jesse Cataldo [Slant Magazine]
“..a beautifully crafted, intimate adventure movie and - presented in hand-drawn 2D - one of the most visually arresting you'll enjoy all year..”
by Dan Jolin [Empire Online]