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The Secret World of Arrietty(借りぐらしのアリエッティ)

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Japan · 2010
Rated G · 1h 34m
Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Starring Mirai Shida, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Tomokazu Miura, Keiko Takeshita
Genre Fantasy, Animation, Family

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

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Empire by Dan Jolin

A beautifully crafted, intimate adventure movie and - presented in hand-drawn 2D - one of the most visually arresting you'll enjoy all year.


Variety by Leslie Felperin

Although beautifully rendered throughout, with delicate, elegantly drawn watercolor-like illustrations, the picture may seem too plain and simple for the oversophisticated tastes of kids in Europe and North America, while Arrietty herself reps a slightly insipid heroine.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan's Studio Ghibli, cofounded by the great ­"Spirited Away" animator Hayao Miyazaki.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Phillips

Disney TV star Bridgit Mendler brings an effective if limited friendliness to Arrietty; Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are relatively restrained as her parents; Carol Burnett runs through a career's worth of vocal flourishes and aural panic attacks as the housekeeper.


The A.V. Club by Tasha Robinson

Even when making movies for small children, Studio Ghibli produces stories that are more emotionally sophisticated, and less philosophically polarized, than most adult fare.

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