New in theaters this weekend, The Secret World Of Arrietty is a movie that the whole family will love!
Disney presents The Secret World of Arrietty, a movie about very tiny people living in a great big world. Arrietty and her parents are "borrowers". They live under the floor of an old house, and they go out on "borrowings" to get what they need from human beings. They only take what humans don't need, and what they need to survive.
When Arrietty goes on her first borrowing with her father, she is spotted by Shawn, a sickly little boy who is staying with family so he can get some rest before his upcoming heart surgery. Even though Arrietty knows that she is not supposed to make contact with Shawn, they eventually become friends, which upsets Arrietty's tiny little world. The housekeeper ends up finding the tiny house and captures Arrietty's mom, and even though Arrietty is afraid, she, along with Shawn's help, sets out to rescue her. Through their friendship and their exciting adventures, Arrietty teaches Shawn about courage and standing up for yourself.
We had the pleasure of attending an advance screening of The Secret World of Arrietty last weekend. My first thought about the movie was that it was not the usual computer-generated animation we are used to. I loved the detail in the hand-drawn animation!
This movie is a fun adventure that will be enjoyed by the whole family. The story line is simple enough for a child to understand, but also full of meaning which will keep the adults following along. The movie contains some exciting adventures, like Rylie's favorite part when the housekeeper rips the roof off of Arrietty's house and captures her mother, but they are mild enough that they aren't too scary for the little ones.
The Secret World of Arrietty was originally released in Japan in 2010 by Studio Ghibli and was adapted to English by Walt Disney Animation Studios, who had to sync the actors' voices with the characters who were originally speaking in Japanese. I did not learn this until after we saw the movie, and I had absolutely no idea! It was seamless.
My family loved this movie and we will definitely be buying this on DVD when it is available!
For more information about The Secret World of Arrietty, visit Disney.com/Arrietty or "Like" the movie's official Facebook page.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I was provided with complimentary passes to view the movie for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.