Shrink down to size with us for our review of Studio Ghibli’s 2010 animated feature, The Secret World of Arrietty.
This film is an adaptation of the classic children’s novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton, and a project Studio Ghibli co-founder and grouchy anime grandpa, Hayao Miyazaki, had wanted to pursue for decades. Finally, with future Studio Ponoc founder Hiromasa Yonebayashi in his directorial debut, Ghibli’s The Borrowers adaptation finally happened, but with much less fanfare and acclaim than their previous masterworks.
While Arrietty fails to compete on the same level as the works of either Miyazaki nor Takahata, it is a fairly enjoyable children’s film with inspired set designs and a truly delightful soundtrack from French-Breton artist Cécile Corbel.
Listen to hosts Tori, Austin, Edwin, and Andrew as they follow Arrietty into her world and try not to get spotted by the human beans. If you’re a big fan of Arrietty, let us know what it means to you in the comments. Please enjoy the episode!
If you’d like to hear more of our discussions on Studio Ghibli works, check out our episodes on Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Porco Rosso, and the not-Ghibli-but-still-basically-Ghibli films Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro and Horus, Prince of the Sun. We also reviewed director Yonebayashi’s first film with Studio Ponoc, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, almost three years ago!
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