Early one morning while I was in LA with Disney/DreamWorks, I was shipped off to one of my favorite viewing studies, the Dick Clark Studios. There we viewed The Secret World of Arrietty.
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), is a borrower. She’s a tiny but very ambitious character that doesn’t have very much fear in her. I think all 14 year olds think they can conquer the world, not matter how big it may be. She lives beneath the floorboards trying to quietly live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”
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I can’t give you my full review yet, it’s still under embargo, but I can share with you that it’s quite the intellectual movie that makes you wonder where does all of our stuff go? She lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. They only take what they need.
Everything is find and dandy until she makes a small mistake. 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are highly successful producing partners whose films, separately and together, include “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “E.T.,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” the Indiana Jones films and the Jurassic Park films. In total, Kennedy and Marshall have earned 11 Oscar® nominations.
The Secret World of Arrietty hits theaters Feb. 17, 2012.
All travel expenses and experiences, and photos were provided by Disney/DreamWorks.