Discover THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY where imagination
comes to life! The studio that brought you PONYO and the Academy
Award(R)-winning SPIRITED AWAY (2002, Best Animated Feature) once again
delivers a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage in beautiful animation!
In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called
Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is
discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship
blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. Featuring the voices of Disney
Channel’s Bridgit Mendler and David Henrie and comedic all-stars Will Arnett,
Amy Poehler and Carol Burnett, and based on the award-winning novel THE
BORROWERS — THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY will delight families of all sizes!
The Secret World of Arrietty is a remake of the magical fairy tale
The Borrowers, as seen through the keen, imaginative eye of Japanese writer
Hayao Miyazaki. The American version of this delicately, richly animated film
is that rarest of children’s movies–one that is a deeply engaging experience
for adults as well. The visuals and graphics are gasp-inducing, yet never over
the top or too showy. And the actors dubbing Arrietty in English, including
standouts Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, and Carol Burnett, are expressive and
emotive. The Secret World of Arrietty tells the tale of a small family of
“borrowers,” tiny people who live underneath the homes of the “beans” (human
beings). The borrowers must stealthily gather small bits of items they need–a
sugar cube, a sheet of tissue, biscuits–from the upstairs without being
discovered by the beans. Arrietty is a plucky teenager (voice by Bridgit
Mendler) whose parents (Poehler and Arnett) think she’s ready for her first
“borrowing” excursion. But meanwhile, a young “bean” named Shawn has moved
into the house above them, to rest and prepare for a heart operation, and to
be cared for by the flighty Hara (Burnett). Shawn thinks he might have seen…
something… moving in the meadow where he rests and reads. It’s not giving away
too much to say that Arrietty and Shawn brush against each other’s lives–and
neither’s is the same afterward. For any fans of Miyazaki’s other films, and
anyone of any age seeking immersive family-friendly entertainment that’s life-
affirming, The Secret World of Arrietty is a winning experience. –A.T. Hurley
- Actors: Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias
- Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
- Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, French
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: G General Audience
- Studio: Buena Vista
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