Family Movie Opening This Friday: The Secret World of Arrietty

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 “I think there’s this beauty to ‘Arrietty,’” John Lasseter,  chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studio,  said in an interview. “It’s an incredible adventure and the little kid in me comes out when I watch it in the sense that it’s this world of small miniature human beings living below a regular house.”

As big fans of both, Good Luck Charlie and Wizards of Waverly Place, we were excited to hear that the stars, Bridgit Mendler and David Henrie, were going to be the lead voices in a new animated movie from Disney, The Secret World of Arrietty.  Add in Amy Poehler and  Carol Burnett?  We’re lined up for tickets!

The story is about “Borrowers” from the beloved books written by Mary Norton.  Borrowers are little people that live below the floors in our homes and borrow things that may not be important to us, but perform essential purposes for them.  For example, one of our earrings makes a perfect grappling hook for a borrower.  They hide from us and are just a legend until young Arrietty is seen by a human.  12-year old, Shawn and Arrietty form an unlikely friendship.  One of the things Kery Kirkpatrick  (English language screenplay writer) loved about this story is the strength of the character, Arrietty.  She is strong, adventurous and bold.  Bravely, she goes against the “popular opinion” among borrowers about the dangerous character of humans, and trusts the young boy.  The subtle message is that sometimes if you trust what you have been prejudiced not to trust, the rewards will be surprising and valuable.

The Secret World of Arrietty was originally released in Japan in 2010 and in the Japanese language.  In an interview, Carol Burnett talked about the challenge of matching the words she was speaking to the animated mouths of the characters.  From watching the clips, they did an excellent job.  I never would have known that the original animation was for the Japanese language.

“Human beings are rich in material things, but our hearts have fallen into poverty,” says Japanese director Yonebayashi. “Tiny people, by contrast, remain relatively poor but have spiritually affluent lives. Suppose tiny people actually existed on Earth. Which lifestyle would you choose? And which species should survive?” the filmmaker asks.  Great discussion starter if you see this movie with your children!

The music is one of the many treasures in this film.  Here’s the video for the song, “Summertime” from The Secret World of Arrietty – enjoy!

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