Creator/Studio: Mary Norton/Studio Ghibli (Directed by Hiromasa Yonebashi
Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Suggested Age: any
My Rating: 10/10
Summary: A sick boy named Sho is staying at his aunt’s house, when he discovers that tiny human-like creatures called Borrowers live in the walls.
Review: While Miyazaki didn’t direct this film, I still found it enjoyable. The animation is still as excellent as ever. What I thought was great was how they scaled everything down to Arriety’s point of view. As a result, everything is huge! Bedrooms seem wide and vast. Insects are as big as Arriety herself. Arriety uses a hairpin as a sword.
Arriety is a great heroine. I like her courage and resourcefulness. I thought it was great how her relationship with Sho changed throughout the course of the story. She starts out resenting him because she doesn’t want her family to move and start over. But when she discovers how sickly Sho is, her heart softens. She sees Sho in a different lightand realizes that not only is he not a threat, he actually wants to help. When this happens, she sees that Sho can be a friend.
I think the best part was the dollhouse in Sho’s bedroom. It was intricately detailed. The library had real books were just small enough for them to wear. And the most interesting part–it even had working appliances just tiny enough for them to operate.
I really can’t find anything I didn’t like. This has nothing to do with my being a Ghibli fan. Everyhting about this movie makes it great. If you like their movies, I highly recommend this movie. I also feel it would be great for children of all ages. It’s a great tribute to the actual book, even though they relocate the story to Japan rather than England.
All in all, this was an excellent movie, and one of Ghibli’s best.
Sub/Dub: The dub is very well done. Carol Burnett, Bridget Mendler, and Grace Poliete all did great jobs.
Music/Score: Joe Hisashi did a great job, particularly on Arriety’s theme.
Related Media: Based on the book by Mary Norton
Trivia: Mary Norton, also wrote that inspired the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks.