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

Trivia for The Secret World of Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti)

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  • Directorial debut of Animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
  • Executive Producer and Writer Hayao Miyazaki began the development stages in July 2008. His original plans included a run time of eighty minutes and this movie to be titled "Chiisana Arrietty" (Little Arrietty).
  • Executive Producer and Writer Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had considered adapting the novel for the past forty years.
  • The story takes place in 2010 in western Tokyo's neighborhood of Koganei. Koganei is also where Studio Ghibli is located.
  • At thirty-six-years-old, Hiromasa Yonebayashi was the youngest person to direct a movie for Studio Ghibli.
  • Seven million five hundred thousand people saw this movie 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 Executive Producer and Writer Hayao Miyazaki or studio co-founder Isao Takahata.
  • French singer Cécile Corbel, a big fan of Studio Ghibli's movies, had sent the studio her second album as a gift back in 2009. Producer Toshio Suzuki listened to it, was seduced, and thus decided to hire her to compose the score.
  • Nervous at the idea of directing this movie, Hiromasa Yonebayashi initially always sought Executive Producer and Writer 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.
  • Bridgit Mendler (Arrietty) and David Henrie (Shawn) appeared on 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.
  • A raccoon from Pom Poko (1994) appears at the end of the movie when Arrietty and her parents leave the house.
  • The U.K. version featured Geraldine McEwan's final performance. She voiced Haru.
  • The last Studio Ghibli anime film to have the english dub distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (aka Walt Disney Pictures), before GKids took over.
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