The Secret World of Arrietty

Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli cartoons Mary Norton’s famous story The Borrowers, with Miyazaki scripting and disciple Hiromasa Yonebayashi directing the animation house style of bucolic realism: lush plants, rain, clouds, cute critters, Victorian décor, hybrid (mainly Caucasian) ethnicity. Tiny, very human squatters below the floorboards fear the big “human beings” above, but their teen daughter seeks to bridge the divide. It’s very pretty (plus a song that is like a gumdrop melting in your ear). Girls may enjoy the sweet, rather wistful story more than most boys. 2012.

2.0 stars

— David Elliott

This movie is not currently in theaters.

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