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THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (2012)
 
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Release Date: February 17, 2012
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi (English Version: Gary Rydstrom)
Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa (English Version: Karey Kirkpatrick)
Starring: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, Moises Arias
Genre: Adventure, Animation
MPAA Rating: G
Official Website: Disney.com/Arrietty

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli ("Spirited Away," "Ponyo") comes "The Secret World of Arrietty," an animated adventure based on Mary Norton's acclaimed children's book series "The Borrowers."

Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) 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 (voice of David Henrie), 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. The English language version of "The Secret World of Arrietty" was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom.

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From the imaginative world of internationally acclaimed screenwriter and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, whose animated classic “Spirited Away” won the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, comes the anticipated “The Secret World of Arrietty.”



(iPad/iPhone here) Based on the acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers,” by Mary Norton, “The Secret World of Arrietty” is an amazing animated adventure that explores the extraordinary world of very tiny people who reside peacefully and undetected beneath the floorboards of a country house.


Arrietty is a fearless and brave adolescent who is growing up and wants to have more opportunities to explore the world. She is curious and therefore, by necessity, trusting.


GARY RYDSTROM (English-Language Director) has sound-designed and mixed many films at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound, including “Terminator 2,” “Jurassic Park,” “A River Runs Through It,” “Toy Story,” “Quiz Show,” “Titanic,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Finding Nemo” and “War Horse” (for which he just received his 17th Academy Award® nomination).
HIROMASA YONEBAYASHI (Director) was born in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, in 1973. In 1996, he joined Studio Ghibli. He was in-between animator for “Princess Mononoke” (1997) and “My Neighbors the Yamadas” (1999) and key animator for “Spirited Away” (2001).


BRIDGIT MENDLER (Arrietty) is an actress, singer and songwriter. Born in Washington, D.C., she grew up outside of San Francisco and caught the acting bug at age eight. Mendler eventually became the youngest performer in the San Francisco Fringe Festival.


DAVID HENRIE (Shawn) is known for his recurring role on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” and currently stars as Justin Russo on the Disney Channel’s Emmy® Award-winning series “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Henrie has also written two episodes of “Wizards of Waverly Place,” making him one of the industry’s youngest television writers and members of the WGA.


AMY POEHLER (Homily) recently starred as a series regular on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” for which she received two consecutive Emmy® Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.


Tiny people and human beings have lived together in this world for a very long time without troubling each other. But Shawn’s goodwill alters the balance between them. Once he discovers the “borrowers,” he can’t help but be intrusive, and their peaceful existence begins to crumble.



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: The problem with Young Beans


New life always involves crossing lines and cultural lines.



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: What Are Borrowers?


“It’s also a movie about forgiveness,” Producer Kathleen Marshall says. “Arrietty realizes the risk that the young character Shawn has put himself in by trying to keep her and her family safe. In her quiet goodbye she wishes him the best with his upcoming surgery. Although he has unintentionally caused her family much uprooting and destruction, she knows that he never meant to harm her. It is this forgiveness, this understanding, that makes the movie’s ending so beautiful.”



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: “I’m Proud of You.”


Tiny people and human beings have lived together in this world for a very long time without troubling each other. But Shawn’s goodwill alters the balance between them. Once he discovers the “borrowers,” he can’t help but be intrusive, and their peaceful existence begins to crumble.



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: Captured


Among the most admirable aspects of “The Secret World of Arrietty” are the beauty and purity and innocence in the film. “It’s a modest, quiet, humble film,” Producer Kathleen Kennedy says of her response to the movie. “I enjoy the scaling differences between Arrietty’s tiny world and the one we’re familiar with. I think the message of the film is, whether you’re big or small, there is a beautiful world around us and we should all try to live together in peace and have an optimistic view of the world.”


Arrietty and her family represent nature and the small things that one rarely thinks about––blades of grass, bugs––life that is usually tucked away in the environment and that has learned to live underfoot. They’ve learned to borrow from the planet only what is necessary to survive and will allow for comfortable living.


“Human beings are rich in material things, but our hearts have fallen into poverty,” says Japanese director Yonebayashi. “Tiny people, by contrast, remain relatively poor but have spiritually affluent lives. Suppose tiny people actually existed on Earth. Which lifestyle would you choose? And which species should survive?” the filmmaker asks.

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