14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items “borrowed” from the house’s human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.
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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.
I never really got this notion that somthing is slight or weak when not much happens in a paticular film. There may not be much on the outside here in The Borrowers, mainly in the Story. But on the inside you get subtle charakters who themself fit perfectly in this overall calm mood that I always loved for example in Totoro. Of course not on par with the greats of Ghibli but still a very nice and quiet little film.
It's a nice film, really. But, having watched all the greatness of Ghibli Animation, the film lacks something in the end. I feel that it tries to hard to be so Miyazaki-esque, but it can't glorify the legacy. I kept thinking about "Totoro" while watching "Arrietty." However, still, it is nice film.
The script - by Miyazaki himself - is perhaps the weakest part of Studio Ghibli's latest offering. It's rather slight. First time director Yonebayashi's execution of it is pretty much flawless, however, and this certainly bodes well for Ghibli's future. At once a both small and large movie, more Kondô than Miyazaki, Arrietty is filled with quiet beauty, and easily slots into the studio's impressive filmography.