One of our favorite ways to spend quality time as a family is to snuggle together on our couch with some popcorn to watch a good movie. We are always on the lookout for a film that is both entertaining for kids and adults and that doesn’t make me cringe over crude behavior. (As much as my boys find that super funny!) A favorite of ours from last year included Ponyo so I was very interested to see The Secret World of Arrietty which came from the same studio. It did not disappoint!
Walt Disney Studios and the legendary Studio Ghibli have released The Secret World of Arrietty on Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack! The film features an all-star voice cast including Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Bridgit Mendler and more telling a story based on the acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.” Bonus includes a storyboard version of the film, original Japanese TV commercials, and more!
Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people,Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.
This is a sweet story with a unique view of what makes our world beautiful. This film reminds me of a watercolor painting with its breathtaking views. The story is a bit slower paced but done so in such a way that simply fits the film. The viewer is meant to take in the surroundings and appreciate the little touches. I loved looking for everyday objects used in different ways because the main characters are so small.
I loved what the story taught about trust and friendship. I personally fell in love with the character Shawn who discovers the little people. Because of an illness of which I won’t spoil, he has a special appreciation for life. He is lonely and only wants to help Arrietty, who wants so much to be his friend but is afraid to trust.
My boys also enjoyed the film and stay interested throughout!
This film is easy to recommend and I hope you will watch it with your own family.
The Secret World of Arrietty (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) is available at retailers nationwide and online with an MSRP of $39.99. Find it on our affiliate Amazon for a discount and free super saver shipping!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this movie for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts remain 100% my own.