Arrietty (DVD)

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Arrietty (DVD)
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Arrietty (DVD)

Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Arrietty is a visually stunning animated film created by world-renowned Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli and based on the much-loved children’s book The Borrowers by Mary Norton.

In this whimsical adventure, tiny 14-year-old Arrietty lives under the floorboards of a sprawling mansion set in a magical, overgrown garden with her father and mother. Arrietty and her family live by borrowing. Everything they have, they borrow or make from the things they have borrowed from the old lady who lives in the mansion.

Their peaceful life is dramatically changed when the ever-curious Arrietty accidentally allows herself to be seen by Sho, a lonely 12-year-old human boy. The two begin to confide in each other and, before long, a friendship begins to blossom…


Studio Ghibli – Japan’s finest purveyors of earthy handdrawn animation (Ponyo, Spirited Away) – lend their gentle sensibility to the story of The Borrowers.

Although every bit as charming and exciting as fans could hope, the film’s greatest pleasures lie is its witty reimagining of the world from its heroine’s pocket-sized perspective. From the discarded postage stamps repurposed as artworks to the dual-sided sellotape that enables SpiderMan-like adhesion to walls, the everyday is made both novel and uncanny via this fun extrapolation of the maxim that ‘one person’s trash is another’s treasure’.

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