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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Poster

The Borrower Arrietty
The Borrower Arrietty

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.

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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Trailer

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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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) Review

Little clothes.
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.
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.
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.
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! It's really a small, small world!

Who will like this?

Those who especially liked children fantasy would enjoy this!

Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

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)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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