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"The Secret World of Arrietty" is an animated adventure feature film from the legendary Studio Ghibli ("Spirited Away," "Ponyo") that is based on Mary Norton's acclaimed children's book series "The Borrowers." 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.

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 film is 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. Following the international success of Miyazaki's hugely popular worldwide hits "Ponyo" and "Spirited Away," Studio Ghibli's latest masterful achievement takes audiences beyond the world of the easily seen and deep into a domain populated by tiny people whose existence is thought to be myth.

The film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Toshio Suzuki. Gary Rydstrom directed this English-language version of "The Secret World of Arrietty" from a screenplay written by Karey Kirkpatrick. The producers include Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The original Japanese screenplay was written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa.


Genre: Animation
Runtime: 94 mins.
Release Date: February 17, 2012
Tagline: Do not be seen by humans. That's been the law of children of the underfloor.
Country: Japan
Language(s): Japanese, English
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Production Company: Studio Ghibli

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