I took my four-year-old to see the children’s animated film Arrietty last night, which is opening in Australia on January 12. It’s a gorgeous film which we both enjoyed and there are hardly any daunting bits for those children who get frightened by scary movies.
This is a story of a family of “little” people. Beneath the floorboards of a sprawling mansion set in a magical, overgrown garden in the suburbs of Tokyo, tiny fourteen-year-old Arrietty lives with her equally tiny parents. The house is occupied by two old ladies, who are unaware of the existence of their miniature tenants.
Arrietty and her family live by “borrowing”. Everything they have is borrowed or made from things they have borrowed. A sugar cube here, a scrap of metal there. But only a little each time, so the ladies do not notice.
Arrietty’s parents have always warned her: “Never let humans see you.” Once seen, little people always have to move on. But the adventurous Arrietty doesn’t listen and is soon discovered by Sho, a human boy who lives in the mansion.
The two begin to confide in each other and, before long, a friendship begins to blossom.
The Director, Hiromasa Yonebayashi has also worked on other animated films including Princess Mononoke and also Ponyo.
Arrietty opens on January 12 in both English-dubbed and subtitled versions. It’s worth seeing for both adults and kids.