The Secret World of Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti) Movie Poster

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  • Directorial debut of animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
  • Hayao Miyazaki began the development stages in July of 2008. His original plans included a run time of 80 minutes and the film to be titled "Chiisana Arrietty" (Little Arrietty).
  • Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had considered adapting the novel for the past 40 years.
  • The story takes place in 2010 in Western Tokyo's neighborhood of Koganei. Koganei is also where Studio Ghibli is located.
  • At 36 years old Hiromasa Yonebayashi, was the youngest person to direct a film for Studio Ghibli.
  • 7.5 million people saw the film in theaters, an all-time record in Japan for a movie with a first time director.
  • The fourth feature film from Studio Ghibli to not be directed by Hayao Miyazaki or studio co-founder Isao Takahata.
  • French singer Cécile Corbel, a big fan of Studio Ghibli's films, had sent the studio her second album as a gift back in 2009. Toshio Suzuki listened to it, was seduced and thus decided to hire her to compose the film's score.
  • Nervous at the idea of directing the film himself, Hiromasa Yonebayashi would initially always seek Hayao Miyazaki's advice and opinions. He eventually realized he was on a journey he should face alone when the time came to draw the storyboard, and Miyazaki congratulated him for it.
  • In the U.S. version, Bridgit Mendler and David Henrie play the lead characters who become best of friends. Prior, the two played boyfriend and girlfriend on the show Wizards of Waverly Place (2007).
  • In the Borrowers' home, they have three cups with playing card symbols (heart, diamond, and club). The only symbol they do not have is the spade, which in many cultures is considered to be bad luck.
  • There are two English dubs. There is a British English dub distributed by StudioCanal released in 2011 in the United Kingdom and the Disney dub in the United States released in 2012. One year after the Japanese release and the StudioCanal dub is mostly recommended.
  • Bridgit Mendler's 1st Disney/Studio Ghibli theatrical animated film.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal's 2nd Disney/Studio Ghibli theatrical animated film after Spirited Away (2001).
  • The UK version features Geraldine McEwan's final performance.


  • A raccoon from Pompoko (1994) appears at the end of the movie when Arrietty and her parents leave the house.
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