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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Disney : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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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.

Aug 04, 2016

The movie was slow in the beginning but got a lot more interesting later on. Arrietty is my favourite character and is very brave. An awesome movie, characters, editors, directors, programmers and so on.

Jul 21, 2016

The movie “The Secret World of Arrietty” is a fantastic and very popular anime movie. The animation of this movie is very similar other anime movies, although it has sort of a typical cartoon twist in its animation. Overall the animation of the background and characters was very well done with amazing detail. “The Secret World of Arrietty” has a well produced plot with a friendship between a regular human and a little small person known as a “borrower”. The “borrowers” borrow or use things from the households of regular people in order for their survival. The ending of this movie was outstanding with a strong built friendship, the ending of the movie was a bit emotional. This movie shows little glimpse of each emotion or mood such as sadness, joy, anger and suspense. I believe that this movie is enjoyable for all ages as it tells a wonderful story and is quite appropriate to watch with younger children. “The Secret World of Arrietty” is a must watch for anyone who enjoys fairy tales or just wants to watch a great movie. Rating 5/5
- @Chichiro of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Arrietty is a small person, known as a Borrower (for she and her family borrow household items that humans no longer need) that can fit in a dollhouse. It’s a cute, somber movie will little action but the action is great. The movie follows Arrietty her longing to see the big world around her, until trouble arises and she is forced of her home along with her family. Before that she meets a human boy with cancer. The movie is a tear jerking not only because you’ll want to know what happened to the boy and his cancer but all of Arrietty’s conversations with him.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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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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