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The Secret World of Arrietty

Updated on April 3, 2013

Arrietty the Borrower

The Secret World of Arrietty, released as Arrietty the Borrower in Japan, is a new film from renowned Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki.

This movie is the story of the Clock family, especially 14 year old, Arrietty Clock. Arrietty and her family are tiny people living under the floorboards of the home of an old woman. They live by borrowing small items that the woman would never miss.

This movie was released in Japan in 2010. It won Best Animation Film in the Award of the Japanese Academy!

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The Secret World of Arriety - New Movie from Studio Ghibli

The Secret World of Arrietty trailer. A new movie from Studio Ghibli that is being distributed by Disney in the US. It will be in US theaters on February 17, 2012.

What is the Secret World of Arrietty about?

The Secret World of Arrietty was written by Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The movie is based on the children's classic book, The Borrowers.

In this book, young Arrietty lives with her family under the floorboards of a home. She and her family members are about four inches high. They creep out into the home at night to borrow things that they need for shelter and food.

The biggest rule Arrietty is given as she grows up is not to be seen by one of the humans. In spite of this, she is seen one day by a new occupant of the home, a young boy named Shawn.

Shawn sees Arrietty another time in his room. Since Shawn is ill, he is very lonely. He and Arrietty end up being friends and do their best to be careful of their secret. Unfortunately, the existence of the borrowers has not gone unnoticed by another occupant of the house.

What will happen to Arrietty and her family if they are discovered?

The Secret World of Arrietty | Blu-ray

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The Secret World of Arrietty (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Secret World of Arrietty (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

The Secret World of Arrietty is a remake of the magical fairy tale The Borrowers, as seen through the keen, imaginative eye of Japanese writer Hayao Miyazaki. The American version of this delicately, richly animated film is that rarest of children's movies--one that is a deeply engaging experience for adults as well. The visuals and graphics are gasp-inducing, yet never over the top or too showy. And the actors dubbing Arrietty in English, including standouts Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, and Carol Burnett, are expressive and emotive. Amazon Review


The Secret World of Arrietty | DVD

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The Secret World of Arrietty
The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty is the story of young Arrietty Clock, the young daughter of a family of borrowers. The borrowers are tiny people that live under the floorboards of homes. They borrow everything they need from the beans (human beings) that live in the home. Whatever they need - sugar cubes, or cloth, or cookies is taken from what is laying around. Only a little bit is borrowed at a time. The first rule of borrowing is not to be seen by one of the beans. Arrietty happens to be seen by Shawn, a young boy that has just moved into the home, when she is out borrowing. Shawn is staying there resting up for a heart operation. Shawn and Arrietty become unlikely friends and together they meet a huge obstacle head on. This movie is great for all ages and has a positive message.


The Secret World of Arriety Merchandise

Some great Arrietty items for sale on Amazon.

Secret World Of Arrietty Advance Movie Poster Double Sided Original 27x40
Secret World Of Arrietty Advance Movie Poster Double Sided Original 27x40

A beautiful movie poster for The Secret World of Arrietty. This would be a great gift for a child or movie poster collector.

The Borrower Arrietty Nya Plush 27cm (Genuine product imported from Japan.)
The Borrower Arrietty Nya Plush 27cm (Genuine product imported from Japan.)

This is an adorable Nya plush toy. Get one for your Arrietty fan.

The Secret World of Arrietty Picture Book (Studio Ghibli Library)
The Secret World of Arrietty Picture Book (Studio Ghibli Library)

Arrietty isn't your ordinary fourteen-year-old girl - she's small enough to make her home under the floorboards of a typical house, "borrowing" what she and her family need from the giants in whose shadows they live. A young boy named Sho befriends Arrietty, but when adults discover the Borrowers, Arrittey and Sho must work together to save her family. Based on the classic novel by Mary Norton, Arrietty is a delight for all ages.

Studio Ghibli Playing Cards - The Borrower Arrietty
Studio Ghibli Playing Cards - The Borrower Arrietty

A very fun movie related items. Get these playing cards to collect or play with.

The Borrower Arrietty Soundtrack
The Borrower Arrietty Soundtrack

Soundtrack from the Japanese version of the movie.


The Secret World of Arrietty Cosplay

There is a wonderful Arrietty costume on eBay. Check the eBay section below to view it.

You can make your own as well. There are a couple things you would need for an Arrietty costume. She wears two different dresses. One is an open neck with a slight v cutout and the other is a turtleneck. The first one is short sleeved and the turtleneck is long sleeved. Both are trapeze shaped. Arrietty wears a hair clip and carries a straight pin with a yellow ball on the end.

Check out some of the pictures at the links below.

Arrietty Dress Pattern - Arrietty Costume

McCall's Patterns M7335 Hats in Five Styles
McCall's Patterns M7335 Hats in Five Styles

As I mentioned before, you could make your own dress. If you aren't up to making your own pattern, you could use a pattern like this and modify it. The general shape and length looks good Arrietty's dress is shapeless, no darts or pleats. You could use the short sleeve version and then modify the neck a bit so it has the cutout v in front.


Arrietty Boots

Willits Sophie Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Brown ,1 M US Little Kid
Willits Sophie Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Brown ,1 M US Little Kid

These are the type of boots that would work well for an Arrietty costume. These are little girl boots. Do NOT buy them unless you are a little girl, or shopping for a little girl. This is the easiest way for me to show them to you.


More Great Arrietty Stuff on eBay! - Includes Arrietty Cosplay Costume

Check out this selection of Arrietty merchandise on eBay, including an Arrietty cosplay costume!

The Borrowers Book - Classic tale of the Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers
The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers

The Secret World of Arrietty is based on The Borrowers books, classic children's tales. This beautiful boxed set has all the Borrowers books: The Borrowers, The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat, The Borrowers Aloft, and The Borrowers Avenged. Give these to your child, or better yet, read them to him or her. The reading level of the books is age 9 and above, but younger children would certainly enjoy it. This might be the perfect first chapter book! Read these charming books yourself and discover why Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli made this into a wonderful film.


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Are you planning on seeing the film?

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      3 years ago

      I can't beevile I've been going for years without knowing that.

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      6 years ago from New Jersey

      nice lens -- I had done my own review of the movie before I saw yours!

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      Odille Rault 

      6 years ago from Gloucester

      I hadn't heard of The Secret World of Arrietty before - it sounds fabulous! I'll definitely make a plan to see it. A great lens! :)

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      6 years ago

      The trailer looks interesting.gonna watch this movie

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      6 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoy these type of films ... they are so creative.

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      6 years ago

      I loved the Borrowers when I was a kid, and read the books to my kids. Sounds like a fun movie.

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      6 years ago

      I have seen it and it's good. A nice lens.

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      6 years ago

      Looks like a great film! Can't wait to see it. :)


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