February 29, 2012
The same yet different
I noticed a lot of people who did not enjoy the film were people who did not associate Studio Ghibli with anime. In the movie trailer it says something along the lines of "Disney presents a Studio Ghibli film". The other times this has happened has been for "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle" and, more recently, "Ponyo". They all have the name Hayao Miyazaki attached as writer and director. The people who recognize these things in the trailer know what to expect. This is for those who don't know.
For "Arrietty", it is not a fun, singing, dancing Disney film. It is like a living portrait. It is very quiet, but it builds tension because it is so easy to care for the character Arrietty, and once you care for her you appreciate how dangerous her world is. Whether or not children will enjoy it depends on the child. When I went, there was a girl of about 4 yrs old who loved it. For adults, if you've read the "Borrowers" series, this is definitely a great film for you.
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