I loved Mary Norton’s book series “The Borrowers”, so I was thrilled when I found out there was going to be a film adaptation of the film called The Secret World of Arrietty. I will be honest though, I was not thrilled to see that it was anime. I just can’t seem to get into anime, but when my kids saw the preview for it when we went to Beauty and the Beast, I knew I would have to suck it up and take them to it. I am so glad I went, the film was GORGEOUS! I already loved the story before seeing the film, and now I love it even more.
Here’s some background info on the film:
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.
One of the things I loved the most is that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett (real life husband and wife) are the voices of Arrietty’s parents. Something about having real life couples, and parents, as a couple in a film is fantastic. Plus, the added bonus of the incomparable Carol Burnett makes the film that much more enjoyable.
I really don’t want to give too much away on this film, which opens Friday February 17th, but this definitely is a must see. My kids sat mesmerized the entire time, and after the film (stay through the credits) Aaron jumped up and said “Two thumbs up and a ten!”. Can’t get a much better review than that, can you? I have to say, I gave it the same review, and that’s coming from someone who does not like anime, so what does that tell you? It’s also made me want to start reading “The Borrowers” to my kiddos, they loved the film so much I know they’ll love the books!
Do you plan on taking your kids to see The Secret World of Arrietty this weekend?