Studio Ghibli delights the visual palate with their new animated film, The Secret World of Arrietty, which opened on Feb. 17, 2012.
Based off of Mary Norton’s 1952 novel, The Borrowers, the film lives up to its Carnegie Award-winning foundation by following the original story closely. Stylistic changes keep the tale fresh and interesting as the audience is given the chance to view our world from the perspective of an awed fourteen-year old the size of your thumb.
Somewhat lengthy, The Secret World of Arrietty is a rather long and slow-paced tale. Not advised for really young children, but perfect for medium-age children and older.
Viewers will come into the movie expecting nostalgia and leave with a true appreciation of scale, the visual representation of extreme perspective and a loving hand in application to detail, from their tiny cups to their tiny lives.