Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Countries & Regions: Japan
Studio: Studio Canal
Length: 94 mins
Region: Region B
Released: 26 March 2012
Cat No: OPTBD2443
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Arrietty (Subtitled and Dubbed Versions)
Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli based on the 1952 children’s novel ’The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton. The Clock family, each... Read More
After a series of spectacular epics involving moving castles, spirit worlds, and marine monarchs, Studio Ghibli’s Arrietty is a beautiful, lovingly designed miniature. The basic idea (tiny people fending for themselves in a full-size world) has been used a thousand times, but this rendition stands apart for its fresh, imaginative approach.
The story, adapted by Hayao Miyazaki from Mary Norton’s The Borrowers but directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, nevertheless has the Ghibli master’s fingerprints all over it. The painterly backgrounds, the concern with visual detail, the strong female lead -- all are pure Miyazaki. Arrietty’s friendship with Shō, the sickly boy who discovers the family of tiny people in the home of his great aunt, is the kind of thing that could score high on mawkishness, but the distinctive Ghibli humour and sense of the bizarre combine with the leisurely pacing to give a reflectiveness to the story’s sentimentality.
Arrietty is, above all, gorgeous to look at, and a triumph of ‘traditional’, hand-painted animation. And for those concerned with such things, the UK release features voice work by a British cast including Saoirse Ronan, Phyllida Law and the wonderful Olivia Colman.