What an enchanting little story about family, trust, and friendship. Hayao Miyazaki lent his magic working on this film's screenplay. His world is the most beautiful and thrilling place to be in. You wanna stay there forever. Superb storytelling as always. I am smitten by its story and craved for more, quite unforgettable!
As one might expect from a Ghibli film, the style and animation is beautiful. Some of the soundtrack is too, however the Japanese pop songs are more humorous than they are good. The concept of the little people is quite nice, and the story with the sick boy and especially the doll house is really inventive. At the same time, the film is a bit generic Ghibli. In the end though, I can say I've had a fun adventure.
I was offended by the Disney English dubbing. During a conversation between Sho and Arrietty, in Japanese and in the subtitles, they discuss the extinction of animal species and the changing of the environment due to human over population. The English dub replaces this with a discussion about their feelings upon meeting one another. Not the same, not even excusable as a well-meaining but botched translation.
Overall, I was satisfied with the film but the story could have gone alot deeper. The ending for me was just very underwhelming...would have been more powerful if the kid died or something. Nonetheless, this had a great soundtrack and was an impressive debut from first time director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi. I look forward to his next film.
Charming animated tale of a family of "borrowers," little people who live under the floors of houses who borrow tiny household items from humans in order to survive. When Arrietty is discovered by a boy living in the house, however, it threatens to end their peaceful coexistence. A small tale, but a uniquely beautiful one, with fine animation by the always reliable Studio Ghibli.