Rated: G Reviewed by: Frank Release date: February 17, 2012 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
Arrietty is a little person a "Borrower" who lives with her parents under an old house where a sickly young boy is living. Borrowers remove food and other necessities from the big house as needed. They are the subject of speculation by the folks in the house but by removing small amounts of material their borrowing is not noticed.
With a boy in the house who is sickly the story reminds us of The Secret Garden, he is generally ill and Arrietty becomes the motivation which will help restore his life as well as giving him an understanding of the little folks.
The animation is different from recent very active Disney animated films, particularly the Pixar films which have dominated the screen. The work here is similar to the traditional Disney work; it is filled with beauty both from the scenery that is filled with pastel flowers and lush forests almost like a Matisse painting and attractive little people.
The traditional Japanese anime draws all its characters as Caucasian, with big bright eyes but the older characters move about as traditional Japanese are suspected to act.
Arrietty is a strong young leader; she doesn't shrink from danger and challenges. She is opposite to her mother's character, Arrietty appears fearless as her mother folds up in screeches when danger appears. Her father is firm and supportive and recognizes her skill when he takes her on a borrowing mission into the big house up above which begins this adventure.
The Secret World of Arrietty is a satisfying, charming and gentle film that shows the traditional process and success of the Disney Studios even when the creativity comes from abroad.
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