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Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli based on the 1952 children's novel 'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton. The Clock family, each only a few centimetres tall, live peacefully under the floorboards of a house in the Tokyo suburbs inhabited by the elderly Sadoko (voice of Phyllida Law). In order to survive, the Clocks borrow everything they need from their human host in such tiny amounts that they go virtually unnoticed. But their existence comes under threat when fearless 14-year-old Arrietty Clock (Saoirse Ronan) is spotted by Sadoko's sickly 12-year-old nephew Shô (Tom Holland).
Inspired by Mary Norton's classic children's book The Borrowers, tiny 14 year old Arrietty lives under the floorboards of an old house with her father and mother. Their peaceful life is dramatically changed when the ever curious Arrietty accidentally allows herself to be seen by Sho, a poorly and lonesome 12 year old human boy. The fledgling friendship between the two lonely children causes Haru the housekeeper to become aware of the borrowers' existence. The family of little borrowers are forced to choose between staying in their well-established home or leaving for the uncertainty of the great outdoors.
"Arrietty is an enchanting and tender Ghibli treasur"
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"Jaw-droppingly beautiful, superbly paced, devastatingly charming"
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LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR'S DOUBLE PLAY (includes 5 postcards plus DVD and Blu-ray)
EXTRAS: STORYBOARDS, TRAILERS AND JAPANESE TV SPOTS, INTERVIEWS WITH HAYAO MIYAZAKI – HIROMASA YONEBAYASHI, CECILE CORBEL “ARRIETTY’S SONG” PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
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Miyazaki planned the film and wrote the screenplay but Hiromasa directed it and shows a lot of potential, there's definitely hope for the future productions of Studio Ghibli.
A boy named Sho tells the audience of the summer he visited his aunt and met some borrowers, tiny people who live secretly in the floors or walls of houses and "borrow" from the big people in order to survive, Arrietty is spotted by Sho during her first time borrowing and soon a friendship is built between them because of their curiosity towards each other.
I really enjoyed Arrietty, first I want to mention how beautiful it is, there is so much colour in there and it's a real feast of art and aesthetics, some of those scenes outside the house were amazing.
There's one particular scene when Sho is lying down and reading a book in the garden, you can almost smell the grass and taste the fresh air, feel the warmth of the sunshine dancing upon the colourful flowers and even Arrietty herself is very pretty.
The way nature is presented in this film is truly magical.
The soundtrack is offbeat for a Ghibli film, going for a French and European sound which works well considering it's a story based on English literature, though you never lose sight of the fact it's set in Japan during the film, there is a number of things which are distinctively Japanese.
You will find that it isn't as mindblowing as Spirited Away or fantastic as Castle In The Sky, the story is much more simple and traditional with a slower pace but it's definitely enchanting, charming and sweet.
If you are thinking if the premium pricing is worth the extra money, I suggest you go for it. The set has wonderful artwork, it's matte and it looks and feels great (check the product images I have submitted to see for yourselves)
The UK edition has also more extras than the US version.
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This collectors edition is numbered 6 in the Studio Ghibli collection, not 18 as it would otherwise be.Read more