Covid-19 Day 38

Arrietty, titled Arrietty the Borrower in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North America, is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi as his feature film debut as a director, animated by Studio Ghibli.

The story is based on ‘The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton, about a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of a  house, borrowing items from humans to survive.

The film was released in Japan on July 17, 2010, Arrietty received very positive reviews, praising the animation and music. It became the highest grossing Japanese film at the Japanese box office for the year 2010.

The English dub includes Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and Carol Burnett.

Another beautifully animated and scored Ghibli film. While the story is not original, it does draw the viewer in with engaging characters.

The only problem I had was the motivation of the cleaning lady (the one bad character in the film) who only seemed motivated by fear and hatred. It had a rather nice ending that avoided being too saccharine.