I’ve been waiting months, yes months, to take my 6-year-old daughter to see the Secret World of Arrietty. I was fortunate enough to see the film before at a preview a while ago and as soon as I was done watching it all I could think was, “I can’t for my girl to see this!”
The film is a perfectly paced, beautifully executed and utterly charming tale of a young girl and her family who live under the floorboards and are known as “borrowers.”
There are a several factors that will make this film not just special for my own daughter but for audiences everywhere…
1) The stars are tiny fairy sized people.
My daughter is convinced that little creatures live within our walls. Not only do they make a great scapegoat for that disappearance of that missing barrette, but it’s such a sweet romantic notion that little fairy sized people co-exist with us.
2) The Borrowers
The film is based on the beloved Mary Norton book The Borrowers. It’s a novel that has been a hit with generations, and really, you can’t go wrong with a classic.
3) Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli produced this film, the same Studio that brought us Ponyo, Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Yes, they have quick a track record.
4) Hayao Miyazaki wrote it.
One of the founders of Studio Ghibli and the director of the previously mentioned films, Miyazaki has a gift for storytelling. He has the gift to be able to weave a compelling, thought provoking, moving and amazing story. And his version of The Borrowers is a great example of his talents.
5) The Voices
The film was originally produced in Japan. But it was re-voiced for American audiences with the vocal talents of Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, and Carol Burnett alongside lesser known (but no less talented) names such as Saoirse Ronan and Mark Strong.