[REVIEW] The Secret World of Arrietty


As a mom, I love when there is a movie that is just rated G.  I don’t have to watch it first, read reviews, or do any research.  It is stress-free movie going.

“Mommy! It is pretty… like Ponyo!” – The 5 y/o

The kids and I were able to go check out the movie last weekend, and wow.  They were so engaged in the story, the voices, the colors, and the music – they didn’t even eat popcorn! I have to admit it – I got a little teary at this one.

The Secret World of Arrietty featured the voice talents of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias.  Amy Poehler was amazing as the overly concerned mom that all of us could identify with at one time or another – or the mom that we had growing up.  The story of two people becoming friends who were so very different was so touching at some points, I had to look over at the mom bloggers that I knew to make sure that I wasn’t the only one that was a little weepy.  I didn’t expect to laugh like I did, but with Carol Burnett AND Amy Poehler, I don’t know why I didn’t prepare myself!


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.

The Secret World of Arrietty, based on “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton, is a rated G movie that both kids and parents will enjoy – not because of hidden jokes, but because of the beautiful animation and well written story.

“I wish I could be that small – and live in a doll house!” – the 5 y/o on the car ride home

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I received free admission to the pre-screening of the Secret World of Arrietty.