Disney
Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 21, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Secret World Of Arrietty

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/17/12
performer
Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
genre
Animation

We gave it a B+

The Secret World of Arrietty, about a teeny-size 14-year-old girl who lives with her family beneath the ­floorboards of a big house and the human-size boy who befriends her, is adapted from British author Mary Norton’s wonderful ­children’s fantasy novels, The Borrowers. The lyrical animation, with its meditative attention to nature, bears the unique stamp of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, cofounded by the great ­Spirited Away animator Hayao Miyazaki. The result is a dreamy, soft-edged hybrid, equally interested in observing ­raindrops and the worries of a race of ­minuscule beings. B+

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