This great family movie combines two of my favourite subject into one wonderful charming movie that just about everyone will love. Take a the classic story of The Borrowers by Mary Norton, and splice it with the talents of Studio Ghibli, and you’ll have one amazing adventure, and see it through the eyes of a 4-inch tall teen, Arrietty Clock (Bridgit Mendler).
Arrietty lives with her parents, Pod (Will Arnett) and Homily (Amy Poehler) under an old house, yet upscale house. This house is being kept up by a little old eccentric housekeeper, Hara (Carol Burnett) for the family. The youngest son has been brought out to the country home for some relaxation, as he has a heart condition, and will be having surgery soon. During the night of Arrietty’s first “borrowing”, the boy, Shawn sees her, but not her father. Arietty is fearful of humans, and so she should be, as generations of Borrowers have disappeared when discovered by humans before her. Shawn (David Henrie), however, is kind, but curious about this little person, and starts bringing her gifts and notes to find out more about her and her kind.
It turns out that there is more of a history to this old house and the Borrowers than meets the eye. Shawn’s grandfather and mother were fascinated by the little people under the house, so much so that they built them a working dollhouse, complete with a functional kitchen. Arietty also has to deal with nature itself, as the bugs are either annoyances or pets, and the bigger animals, such as birds and cats find her to be either lunch or a play toy.
There is just so much to love with The Secret World of Arrietty, from the camera views from the eyes of a Borrower, to the joy of finding out about other people like themselves in the area. Hara finds little clues about them, as they sometimes get a little careless on the run, and lose things, like the tiny teacups or teapots from the dollhouse. At one point, she capture Homily and accuses the tiny woman of being a thief, and Borrowers do steal from the “Beings” as they call them, but it usually only items that will not be missed, like cookies or sugar cubes.
If you are lucky enough to find this movie while shopping sometime, snatch it up, and don’t look back. You are in for a huge treat from Studio Ghibli, filled with magic and wonder, as all their movies are. It is great to see things through the eyes a Borrower, and you will be glad for doing so. It’s such a simple, but dangerous life for a Borrower, and when you pair it with a huge amount of teen angst in such a tiny person, the drama is bound to come out. Take this rainy weekend to enjoy The Secret World of Arrietty, because there is no better time to do so.
I give this film a Musing review of