“Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) 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 Shawn (voice of David Henrie), 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. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom. The film hits theatres Feb. 17, 2012.”
Chris & Lee’s Thoughts-
Erica gave me the opportunity to take Lee out to go see this movie. We had a great time and it was nice to have some daddy-daughter time. The movie was adorable, and both of us loved it. It was done using older style animation so Lee was sure that I must have already seen it on DVD when I was a kid (LOL). The story starts as Shawn, a 12-year-old boy moves into the house where Arrietty and her family live under the floor boards. We find out later that this is the house where his mother grew up. Arrietty, who is a ‘Borrower’ lives with her Mother and Father and as far as they know, they may be the last of their kind and are extra cautious to not be found. On her very first trip into the house with her father to find some sugar and tissue for her mother, the boy sees her. Her parents are very scared and are afraid that they must move before something bad happens. Arrietty is not afraid, and finds out the boy does not want to hurt her and wants to be her friend. The house keeper however is convinced there must be little people stealing things and tries to find out more to see where they live.
Lee and I really enjoyed the movie. We asked her afterwards what she liked about it. She said “All of it!” When asked if there was anything specific she liked, she said “all of it” again. I guess she really really liked this movie. The movie was full of adventure and suspense, but it is still a very good movie for young children. I enjoyed the movie as well and thought the story was very well done and it had a very good ending.
Thanks Disney and Erica for giving me the chance to go see this movie!
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