The Secret World of Arrietty
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The Secret World of Arrietty is a simpler and more accessible creation than most of what we’ve seen from Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Based on Mary Norton’s celebrated children’s novel The Borrowers, it’s credited with ‘planning and scripting’ by animator Hayao Miyazaki and has been directed by a longtime collaborator. If it lacks the freedom and surreality one finds in such Miyazaki films as Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, it goes down more smoothly with a straightforward adventure plot that gives it near-universal appeal. A hit in Japan, the movie gives the slight sense of being a calculated crossover, but this is the sort of poignant charmer Disney has forgotten how to make.
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