“The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan's Studio Ghibli”
Arrietty is a tiny 14-year-old girl who lives with her pint-sized family beneath the floorboards of a sprawling Tokyo mansion. They survive by borrowing items from humans which would otherwise not be missed. The fate of her family is put in jeopardy, however, when Arrietty befriends a 12-year-old human boy.
An inspired adaptation of Mary Norton's book series The Borrowers, Arrietty is yet another triumph of animation by Studio Ghibli, the creators of Ponyo (2008) and Spirited Away (2001). The film lifts the setting from the books original 1950’s England and seamlessly transports it into Japan in 2010, without losing any of the original stories nuances where the idea of trading and ‘borrowing’ becomes an ever increasing concern in these mass-consumerist times.