Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty {a review}

JT and I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago,
to see an advance screening of The Secret World of Arrietty and it was so darling!
We've been so sick around here, that I hadn't gotten around to writing about it.

The gorgeous animation was magical and I loved the whimsical soundtrack.
This animated adventure, that is based on the acclaimed book series The Borrowers,
was originally released in Japan by Studio Ghibli -
who also produced Spirited Away and Ponyo.
It's about a tenacious little Borrower named Arrietty
and her adventures living hidden beneath the floorboards of a
suburban human home.
However, when she is discovered on the evening of her
first "Borrowing" by the new human house guest,
a secret friendship blossoms and the lives of both the humans
and the Borrowers are changed forever.

The thing that I loved most about this movie was it's calming nature.
It was a nice change of pace from a lot of the current animated
films and tv shows that my children watch.
It had a serene feeling to the entire film which reminded me a lot
of the cartoons I used to watch as a child.
I also adored Arrietty - she was strong, spunky and spirited.
The respect she had for her parents was amazing,
and she's a fabulous role model for little ones.

At first I was worried that JT would get bored,
because the film wasn't over-stimulating like the movies
he's used to, but he was drawn in by the engaging storyline
and the "cool tricks" the Borrowers used and he found the
housekeeper hilarious.
When I asked him what his favorite part was he said, "All of it mom!
Ok, my favorite? I liked when the crazy bird tried to get into the house."

The Secret World of Arrietty is a heart warming story that
is appropriate for the entire family and will tug at your
heart strings and make you grateful for your blessings.


Tasha said...

Fun. It is actually one I cannot wait to go see with my boys. I loved the books when I was growing up.


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