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Off to see The Secret World of Arrietty tonight!

The Green Dragon

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Feb 19, 2012, 5:29pm Top

The Borrowers is one of my favorite series of books from childhood (actually, I read them in a big block of compiled stories all in one) and I've seen every Borrower movie so far with varied feelings of delightedness.

I can't wait to see this one now, and I hope it's good. I love Ghibli and I can't believe that I didn't know about this before December of last year - it's apparently been released in Japan and various overseas markets for ages now. The director of this was one of the lead animators for Howl's Moving Castle (also an amazing book), and I think you can really see the resemblance there with the human/Borrower designs especially.

I'll report back once I've seen it!

Feb 19, 2012, 9:56pm Top

So weird to hear everyone in English!

Otherwise, fairly straightforward. I loved seeing how the borrowers got around, and how scaredy-cat Homily was in comparison with Pod and Arrietty. The plot was good, but not amazing - it kept well with the plot of the book, and was sweet, but not overwhelmingly saccharine. I do think I would have enjoyed it more in Japanese.

The choice of very Celtic music overall was a little odd. Nice, but odd, especially since it was obviously set in Japan.

I think I'll have to borrow or rent it from somewhere when it comes out on DVD and see how much better I like it in the original version before I decide to buy it for myself.

Feb 19, 2012, 11:16pm Top

I haven't seen it yet, but I'd like to. I missed it when it opened here, because it didn't show in any cinemas near me. I guess I'll just have to buy a DVD copy.

Feb 20, 2012, 9:08am Top

I saw this in London last summer, I guess it was released here before the US. I loved it and can't wait to get the DVD. The version I saw was subtitled, so no jarring English/US accents. I didn't love the book of The borrowers, so I wasn't too worried about how much of the original Miyazaki would retain. It did seem to match what I remember though.

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