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The Secret World of Arrietty Picture Book (Arrietty Film Comics)

by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

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Adapted from the children's story The Borrowers, a perfectly miniature model of human life is presented in this uniquely scaled film. Miniscule Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, and learns the dangers and benefits of making friends with humans. Her world takes a new perspective on the size and usefulness of everyday objects. A tiny clip becomes a huge hair piece, a trip to get supplies requires climbing gear, and sounds like dripping water are hugely distorted. The film shows the invasiveness of humans in the natural world, such as the character Hana, whose American dubbing is done perfectly by Carol Burnett. The danger of the dollhouse also reinforces the idea that the two worlds are not meant to intersect. The colors have lots of green and red that create a bright, natural setting, and the pacing and music make the film feel calming and peaceful. The subtleties of the plot may be lost on younger viewers, but third graders and older will understand and be able to enjoy it. The dubbing is done well, and clearly articulates the story. ( )
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Arrietty and her family live in a hidden world beneath the floorboards of a house. Searching for adventure, Arrietty is discovered by a boy named Shawn, which puts her family in danger.

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