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Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Produced: 2010

Countries & Regions: Japan

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Studio: Studio Canal

Length: 94 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 9 January 2012

Cat No: OPTD2103

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Arrietty

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Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli based on the 1952 children’s novel ’The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton. The Clock family, each... Read More

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Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli based on the 1952 children’s novel ’The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton. The Clock family, each only a few centimetres tall, live peacefully under the floorboards of a house in the Tokyo suburbs inhabited by the elderly Sadoko (voice of Phyllida Law). In order to survive, the Clocks borrow everything they need from their human host in such tiny amounts that they go virtually unnoticed. But their existence comes under threat when fearless 14-year-old Arrietty Clock (Saoirse Ronan) is spotted by Sadoko’s sickly 12-year-old nephew Shô (Tom Holland).

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.

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