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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Poster

Japanese title: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ
(Kari-gurashi no Arietti)

Other titles: Arrietty, The Borrower Arrietty, 借物少女艾莉緹,
Arrietty: Le petit monde des chapardeurs, Il mondo segreto sotto il pavimento, 
Die wundersame Welt der Borger, Ариэтти из страны лилипутов.

Comments on Movie: The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
"Derivative but heartwarming" - Adam Rayner, WhatCulture.

"A superb adaptation of a lovely little fantasy" - Noel Vera, Critic After Dark.

"A mysterious letdown." - MaryAnn Johanson, FlickFilosopher.

"Quite beautiful and entertaining" - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Children Family Fantasy Friendship 2D Animation Animated Feature

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Trailer

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) at a glance
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) is an Anime Adaptation Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. A directorial debut, Yonebayashi is Studio Ghibli's youngest director. The animated feature is based on Mary Norton's children book entitled The Borrowers and it has won the Animation of the Year at the 34th Japan Academy Prize.

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Synopsis
Discover The Secret World Of Arrietty, a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage in a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. Though when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure.

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Movie Review: The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

Little clothes.

I have not read the book but The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) has awesome concept and tiny humanoid creatures called the borrower. They are a little like ants and there are so many adorable tiny DIY creations such as stamps as wall decors!

The Borrower Family; Pod, Homily and Arrietty.

Not going to spoil it too much but I think this animated feature could made several if not many innocent, curious children leaving sugars or sweets and double sided tapes for the borrowers! (Borrowing is joy to them but sadly not for all us in reality as it is not a norm!)

Arrietty and Sho.

Although the animated feature is not entirely realistic, it is still quite beautiful and entertaining. When compared to other previous directorial debut, this is certainly one of the better ones from Studio Ghibli (unlike Tales of Earthsea) even though there are some illogical scenes.

Niya, the cat looking at the tiny miss borrower.

Finally, this review is based on the Japanese version of The Secret World of Arrietty (2010). The song is moving and the atmosphere could be sad. The short adventure and friendship can be satisfying if you are genuinely interested with fantasy.


If the author of The Borrower is still here with us today, she would be so happy and proud of Hiromasa Yonebayashi's The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) because the anime adaptation directed by the new Studio Ghibli director does not disappoint!

Arrietty, getting ready for her first borrowing.

The borrowers...interesting concept. It's really a small, small world!

Movie Ratings 
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future. 

Who will like this? 
Those who especially liked children fantasy would enjoy this!

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Details of the movie
Director: Hiromasa YonebayashiProducer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Mary Norton
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Cécile Corbel
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Mirai Shida, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shinobu Otake, Keiko Takeshita, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Tomokazu Miura, Kirin Kiki
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Disney, Studio Canal
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: 94 mins
Budget: USD 23,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 145,570,827 est.

Official website(s)

When Marnie Was There (2014)
Studio Ghibli
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Movie Quotes
Sorry not available.. :< If you have the movie transcript, do share it with me!

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