The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty

DVD - 2012
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In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But 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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Jan 29, 2021

The movie is cute. Anyone that has watched the borrowers movie or read the books will recognize the story line. my eight year old enjoyed the movie as much as my 16yo. overall it is a good family movie.

Dec 26, 2020

I don't have a giant synopsis to give, but this is up there with Spirited Away. I almost prefer Arrietty, because it reminds me greatly of my childhood. From the rich, lush scenery and detail that you expect from the greatest animation studio in the world today (certainly not the politically driven Disney), to the appropriately complex plot that can keep both a child or adult's attention, give this one a go if you've been putting it off.

There's movies you watch as a child that, when rewatching as an adult, you laugh at how sub par it is. Arrietty is quite the opposite.

Aug 06, 2019

This is a terrific film that combines some things that are awkward to combine: mortality before one's time and coming of age, together with secrets, taboos, and trust in the invisible and universally denied (something quite similar to religion). Some aspects of the plot I found a bit silly.

Apr 30, 2019

Lovely and picturesque, Arrietty is a warm, heartfelt movie that mines the ever-popular realm of "tiny people" stories. In this iteration of The Borrowers, we focus on the headstrong Arrietty and her desire to live a bigger life than the one carefully curated for her by her understandably protective parents. She is aided in her quest by a sickly full-sized boy who befriends her. The clever and adorable "adaptations" of the Borrower family make a fairly standard coming-of-age tale particularly fun, and as usual for a Ghibli production, the animation is superb.

Aug 28, 2018

This was my first Studio Ghibli film (I know, I know) and I was not disappointed. The animation was lovely. The characters using tiny household objects as tools was charming (and I laughed out loud when the mother poured out a cup of tea and the liquid came out as a single drop that filled the tea cup). The characters were not especially deeply developed but they were endearing nonetheless -- the little boy, Shawn, is a literal saint and the church should canonize him immediately. This may be a movie about tiny people, but it has enormous heart. And it's as sweet as a sugar cube.

I laughed. I cried. And I loved living in Arrietty's secret world, if only for a little while.

SPPL_Paige Mar 20, 2018

Really weird one, with tiny creature and people. But it's quite adorable at the same time, since the main girl has developed feeling for the human boy.

Mar 10, 2018

sadder then i remembered. a really great story, though. it was very well done.

Arrietty lives in a fascinating world, but I feel like the story is a bit too slow and depressing in some areas. It drags the film down and prevents it from being stellar, because of the disconnect.

Dec 16, 2017

I don't know what you all talking about! its was an awesome movie I love all of Studio Ghibli ! the only thing I would say is that it left you hanging there needs a part 2!

While it's not as good as the books ("The Borrowers" series by Mary Norton), and I wouldn't expect it to be, I enjoyed this movie a lot. I've always been fascinated by secret passages and the idea of tiny people who could do what the Borrowers do with the most ordinary objects, and the movie brought that along from the book quite well. Parts of it appealed to my sentimental side too. I also have a soft spot for the movie because one of the first times God spoke to me through someone else, He used a reference to a song from this movie's credits! The peace of the garden atmosphere that pervades much of the movie is a beautifully refreshing contrast to the action-packed, star-studded, dark-and-gritty, mind-blowing-CGI films "in theaters everywhere!" The only thing I really didn't like was the movie's portrayal of Spiller, who seems just like the stereotyped "Indians" from Disney's Peter Pan movie - not even remotely close to his character in the books. Fortunately, he is only a minor character in the movie.

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crystal_dark Feb 24, 2013

Arrietty, a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper. Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shou, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger. (From


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