Hayao Miyazaki is a master of animation, his films are classics, this film isn’t directed by him directly but it is a part of Studio Ghibli. Arrietty is a small person, no not like that I mean literally less than an inch tall. Her people are called Borrowers. They live in the walls and under the floor boards. They take thing humans won’t really miss. If ever caught they must flee very quickly before being captured. Arrietty is caught by a sickly boy named Shawn, who’s staying at his aunt’s country home while awaiting a heart transplant. She befriends the sick boy, even though the other people in the house, including a house keeper may try and capture Arrietty and her family.
This film is a nice breath of fresh air as recently when it comes to animation we have seen just too many CGI films. Here the basic animation is frankly beautiful. The best moments are when Arrietty and her father travel through the house, in the walls, through the kitchen, the mission is simple, get a sugar cube and a piece of tissue. This scene alone is worth a look at this film.
The voice work is pretty solid across the board, many times in films like these we get over the top work that takes you out of the film. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler do good work her as the family members of Arrietty. My only real complaint with the movie is the work done with Shawn. His character is cold and his look on life is so dark and bleak that it seems vert out of place in a very family friendly film. This is a minor complaint though. One should check this film out for the animation, the work with animals, a fat cat and a crow are good examples of how great the work is here. This is a short review because breaking the plot down is rather pointless because it’s thin, the film is not long at all either, that’s good for families, the animation is beautiful and the story is nice, that’s about it.