Fourteen year old Arrietty lives under the floorboards of a sprawling country house with her similarly Thumbelina-sized parents. Intrepid and resourceful, Arrietty's family are 'borrowers' who glean bits 'n bobs that the full scale residents don't need or won't miss to make do.
When the owner's twelve year old nephew - an inquisitive, introverted boy named Sho - comes to the house to convalesce, Arrietty's nocturnal expeditions attract unwanted attention from the 'human beans'.
Based on a story and screenplay by master animator, Hayao Miyazaki, inspired by Mary Norton's 1952 children's novel, The Borrowers, Arrietty is the directorial debut of Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who previously distinguished himself with key animator credits on Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo.
Arrietty is a worthy successor to those films with its exquisitely rendered, painterly animation and deeply humanist sensibility.