The Secret World of Arrietty

Synopsis: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items that they borrow from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  11 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Studio Ghibli, Nippon Television Network,

Dentsu, Hakuhodo DYMP,

Walt Disney Japan,

Mitsubishi, Toho and Wild Bunch present

I'll never forget that summer.

I spent a week in the old house

where my mother grew up.

Planning and Screenplay by

Hayao Miyazaki

Produced by

Toshio Suzuki

Based on "The Borrowers"

by Mary Norton

Music by Ccile Corbel

Almost there. Feeling all right?


Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi


Haru... how many times

have I told her?

- I'll be right back.

- Okay.


You're blocking the driveway again.


Where are you?

Don't touch!

These aren't for you.

- Arrietty!

- What?

You went outside again, didn't you?

And you might clean up

this room, young lady.

It's my own little garden.

If you ask me,

it looks like a mess.

Oh! Is that a bay leaf?

Oh well, I guess this means

your birthday comes early.

Enough for a whole year.

But the bay tree's

so far away.

If a human bean saw you...

I'm always careful.

The world is full of

dangerous creatures.

Your great uncle...

... was eaten by a frog. Right?

Doesn't that shiso smell lovely?

Yes, it does.

With a bit of sugar

I could make shiso juice.

Wait till tonight.

I'll borrow some for you.

My first borrowing ever!

I've been practicing night and day.

Papa's home.

Welcome back.

- Papa, about tonight...

- There's a boy in the house.

I saw him.

- No! Arrietty...

- He didn't see me!

I hid behind the bay leaf.

Papa, we're still going, aren't we?

I won't hear of it.

It's too dangerous.

But he's just a child!

Papa, I've been waiting

for such a long time.

The children can be more savage

than the grownups.

I'll be fine!

Youngsters go to bed early.

Thank you Papa!

But Pod...

The boy's sick.

Don't worry, we'll be fine.

But still...

Stop worrying, Mother.

We'll be extra careful.

Arrietty will be 14 soon.

Someday she'll have to

survive without our help.

Sometimes I think

we're the last Borrowers in the world.

Whatever you need,

just ask Haru.

All right.

Haru, I'm depending on you.

Yes ma'am.

Let's shut the screen.

Keep the bugs out.

Shouldn't you wear something darker?

I already decided!

I hope you can borrow

some tissue paper.

And a bit of sugar, perhaps?

We could have shiso juice

and sugar for the tea.

But anything's just fine.

We'll be back soon.

Please be careful.

We will.



- Hold these for me.

- Yes, Papa.

Hold on tight!



Everything's so huge!

The world of human beans.

The sugar's over there.

Wait for me down there.

Papa, you're great!

Now let's get that tissue.

Papa, look.

Your first borrowing.

Be careful, it's sharp.

I will!

Papa, borrowing is such fun!

Look down there.

Rats. Steer clear of them.

They're trouble.

I'm not afraid.

I'm ready for anything.

I've got this!

Sometimes it's best not to

go looking for danger.

What is this place?

Human beans made it

for their dolls.

It's just perfect for us!

I'm sure Mother would love

that dresser over there.

These things aren't for borrowing.

If anything went missing

they'd know right away.


Don't be afraid.

I saw you.

In the garden.

It was you, wasn't it?

My mother told me about you.

She saw little people here

when she was young.

Was it you that she saw?

Was it?

I'm sorry, Papa.

He saw me today,

out in the garden.

I should've been more careful.

I hope he didn't frighten you.

Best not tell your mother,

it will only worry her.

All right.

You don't always have to run.

Observe them first, then decide.

We're home.

Safe and sound.


Things didn't go well this time.

This light gave out

before we finished.

Oh dear.

We had to give up

on the sugar.

Don't give it a thought.

At least you're safe and sound.

Arrietty, you found something.

Show your mother your first borrowing.

What a pretty pin.

Time for bed.

Good night.

She looks worn out.

Shall I make some tea?


Come in the house.

You'll catch cold out there.

A cube of sugar?

But whatever for?

He left it by the grating.

It's probably the same one

I dropped last night.


What do you mean,

you dropped it?

Don't touch it.

Do you understand?

It's a trap.

They're trying to catch us!

We'll have to stop borrowing

for a while.

Maybe they already

know where we are.

Pod, we'll have to move!

This was such a lovely house.

Now we'll have to

start all over again.

Well, let's see how things go.

Now eat, soup's getting cold.

Why did it have to be sugar?

Thank you Arrietty.

I wanted to hang everything

while the sun's out.

You know I love doing laundry.

- I'm going to nap for a bit.

- All right.

"You forgot something"

You came back.

Wait, don't go.

Please leave us alone.

I wanted to tell you that.

I want to talk to you.

Human beans are dangerous.

If we're seen, we have to leave.

My parents said so.

You have a family?

I envy you.

Don't you have one?

Yes, but I practically

never see my father.

Mother's so busy at work,

she barely has time for me.


My name's Sho.

What's your name?

Do you have one?

Of course I have a name!

It's Arrietty.

Arrietty... Arrietty...

That's pretty.

Won't you let me see you?

Just for a moment.

Just a peek. Please?

What's happening?

Oh my gosh, it's a crow!

You can't come in here!

What got into that bird?

They never behave like that.

Maybe it's nesting season

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Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest animation directors. Born in Bunkyō Ward of Tokyo, Miyazaki expressed interest in manga and animation from an early age, and he joined Toei Animation in 1963. During his early years at Toei Animation he worked as an in-between artist and later collaborated with director Isao Takahata. Notable films to which Miyazaki contributed at Toei include Doggie March and Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon. He provided key animation to other films at Toei, such as Puss in Boots and Animal Treasure Island, before moving to A-Pro in 1971, where he co-directed Lupin the Third Part I alongside Takahata. After moving to Zuiyō Eizō (later known as Nippon Animation) in 1973, Miyazaki worked as an animator on World Masterpiece Theater, and directed the television series Future Boy Conan. He joined Telecom Animation Film/Tokyo Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first feature films, The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979 and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, as well as the television series Sherlock Hound. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985. He directed multiple films with Ghibli, including Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989, and Porco Rosso in 1992. The films were met with commercial and critical success in Japan. Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke was the first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, and briefly became the highest-grossing film in Japan following its release in 1997; its distribution to the Western world greatly increased Ghibli's popularity and influence outside Japan. His 2001 film Spirited Away became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards and considered among the greatest films of the decade. Miyazaki's later films—Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises—also enjoyed critical and commercial success. Following the release of The Wind Rises, Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature films, though he returned to work on a new feature film in 2016. Miyazaki's works are characterized by the recurrence of themes such as humanity's relationship with nature and technology, the wholesomeness of natural and traditional patterns of living, the importance of art and craftsmanship, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic in a violent world. The protagonists of his films are often strong girls or young women, and several of his films present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities. Miyazaki's works have been highly praised and awarded; he was named a Person of Cultural Merit for outstanding cultural contributions in November 2012, and received the Academy Honorary Award for his impact on animation and cinema in November 2014. In 2002, American film critic Roger Ebert suggested that Miyazaki may be the best animation filmmaker in history, praising the depth and artistry of his films. more…

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