The Secret World of Arietty
Release year: 2010
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki, Mary Norton (novel)
Starring (English voices): Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler, Moises Arias, Shin’ichi Hatori
Arietty and her family are tiny people living unseen under the house only risking the way into the human house to borrow what they need to survive. When a seriously ill teenage boy moves into the house he discovers Arietty setting things into motion which threatens the lives of the tiny people.
This Japanese version of Mary Norton’s famous book The Borrowers from 1952 is undoubtedly the most magical adaptation of the story. Because there is something magical about the animation of the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, at once simple but still with such a care for detail and beauty. The flowery and green garden or the delicate house of Arietty and her family, there is always something to please your eyes. The story is sweet and never rushed, giving you time to enjoy all the before mentioned details as you see the world through the tiny eyes of Arietty and it is like the movie: Magnificent,glorious and spectacular with a bit of thrilling added.
French singer Cécile Corbel, a big fan of Studio Ghibli’s films, had sent the studio her second album as a gift back in 2009. Toshio Suzuki listened to it, was seduced and thus decided to hire her to compose the film’s score.
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