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Movie Review: You should experience 'The Secret World of Arrietty'

By Gabe Hewitt, iLander Student Editor

The Secret World of Arrietty is an exciting animated film that people of all ages can enjoy. Its interesting story line and characters make it a Disney classic.

This film is an English dub of the 2010 Japanese film. It’s the tenth film by Hayao Miyazaki that’s been re-released and distributed by Disney in English. His creative animation style make his films easily recognizable.

The Secret World of Arrietty is based on Mary Norton’s book, "The Borrowers." A Borrower is a person as small as a rat who lives in seclusion. They live their lives by taking things that have little to no value to humans, such as sugar, thread, tissues and other goods. In other words, they take things that won’t be missed. The biggest danger in a Borrower’s life is being spotted by a human. To Borrowers, no human is safe.

The story centers around a family of three Borrowers, specifically 14-year-old Arrietty (Bridget Mendler). She’s a free-spirited girl who has never “borrowed” before. Her mother (Amy Poehler) and father (Will Arnett) are very cautious when it comes to their daughter. A gentle boy, Shawn (David Henrie), has recently moved into his aunt Hara’s (Carol Burnett) house that Arrietty and her family live under.

When Arrietty goes out into Hara’s house for her first borrowing experience with her father, Shawn sees her. Shawn tells Arrietty that he won’t hurt her, but she doesn’t believe him. Hara also begins to suspect that Borrowers are living in her house and wants to get rid of them.

One of the things I liked about this film was Miyazaki’s animation. It’s a style that truly has to be seen to be appreciated. He provided a perfect representation of a Borrower’s size by comparing it to multiple objects that people use everyday. His imagination and creative story made me leave the movie theater wondering if I had Borrowers living in my own house.

Don’t let the G rating of this film keep you from going to see it. It’s one of the best animated films of the year and you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it.

(Photo courtesy of Disney. Used with educational license.)