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

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Arrietty, a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper. Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger.


  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Tom Holland
  • Mark Strong
  • Moises Arias
  • Amy Poehler
  • Olivia Colman
  • Will Arnett
  • Bridgit Mendler
  • Geraldine McEwan
  • Carol Burnett

Did You Know?


  • Directorial debut of Animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
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  • The story takes place some where in western Tokyo. Domestic cars in Japan have their steering wheels on the right side, but Aunt Sadoko's Mercedes is a left hand drive, since it is an imported car. The housekeeper Haru's red car is a right hand drive, as it is a normal, domestic Japanese car.
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    • Shô: You came back. Wait, don't go.
    • Arietty: Please, leave us alone. I wanted to tell you that.
    • Shô: I want to talk to you.
    • Arietty: Human beings are dangerous. If we're seen, we have to leave. My parents said so.
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5.0 out of 5


Feb 21, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty may be too gentle and meditative to be the studio's breakout hit in this country, but it's another sweet advance, and further evidence that the Ghibli secret must soon out.

Metacritic review by Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
Feb 16, 2012

As lovingly written as it is beautifully rendered.

Metacritic review by Carrie Rickey
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb 15, 2012

It's a matinee treat for the very little ones, after all.

Metacritic review by Michelle Orange
Michelle Orange