Excerpt: So you have been reading the news stories eagerly gobbling up any stories on The Secret World of Arrietty. You have watched all of the video clips Family Friendly Gaming has of this Blu-ray/DVD disc. You are impressed with the partnership of Disney and Studio Ghibli. You want even more.
Conclusion: The Secret World of Arrietty is a beautiful movie to watch and it offers some very impressive animation and even more importantly, an alternative to the usual frenetic kind of animated movies that are so popular today.
Conclusion: Sweet and substantial, The Secret World of Arrietty is yet another Studio Ghibli fantasy well worth seeing. It's also quite possibly worth remembering come next year's Animated Featured Oscar nominations.
Conclusion: Small and slight as it is, The Secret World of Arrietty delivers big. It doesn't overreach, it doesn't cut a wide swath, it just tells a simple story as simply as Miyazaki, Niwa and Yonebayashi can afford.
Excerpt: We live in a world of endless cynicism and snark. As a society we constantly complain about how bad things are, and when good things come around we complain that they aren’t great things. Everything is about instant gratification and every issue becomes a war-worthy debate.
Excerpt: Like nearly all the films from Japan’s justly celebrated Studio Ghibli— Spirited Away , My Neighbor Totoro , Ponyo , Princess Mononoke , Kiki’s Delivery Service , Grave Of The Fireflies , and more— The Secret World Of Arrietty lacks anything resembling a traditional villain.
Summary: Old-school, mostly in a good way, the daintily drawn "Arrietty" is the latest feature from Studio Ghibli, whose "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle" have made the Japanese production company an international brand.