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Secret world of Arrietty
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Posted 2/19/12
Saw it on Friday night. Like Ponyo, this is not in the same league as classics like Totoro, Nausicaa, Kiki, Mononoke, Spirited Away or even Howl (Howl being somewhat less wonderful than the five I just mentioned).. Is it more like the Cat that came Back...no, that one had much more of a story.

Arrietty is not a horrible film (like Earthsea). The story; however, is very very thin (I could say small to make it fit with the size of the main character). The problem here is the source story. The borrowers is a very small tale. Had it been expanded it would have been a far more enjoyable film.
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Posted 2/19/12
I want to go see it!! is look good and cute
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Kanade_Yagami wrote:


Zangai wrote:

Seen it. I thought it was good but not as good as previous Ghilbi films (Spirited Away, Ponyo) mainly because the ending was rather underwhelming IMO.


This movie was done by a different person, whereas the other films you mentioned were done by the same person therefore, the direction of the film will be different.


I see. Hayao Miyazaki wrote the previous films while a different person wrote Arriety buy Hayao took part in the movie as screenplay director.
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Posted 2/20/12
all of these animated films always make me feel so empty after watching it.. idk why :\
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Posted 2/20/12
I saw this sunday and it was just so cute
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Posted 2/20/12
You mean the Studio Ghibli movie? I havent' seen it yet but I'm planning on watching it soon
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Posted 2/20/12
Saw it with my best friend! It was so cute and awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! it was so funny bc i was planning to tell her that i like anime( i havent told her yet!!) It made it easy to tell her about her about it. Plus, Bridgit Mendler was really good!!
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So I saw the Secret of Arriety last Friday and I walked into the theater expecting another Ponyo (My apologies to Ponyo fans. I thought it was cute but it ultimately bored the crap out of me.) but since it was an anime movie, I felt committed as an anime fan that I had to go see it, and it was actually way better than I expected it to be. It has been a while since I seen a kids movie that was actually worth watching for myself because nowadays, all kids movies are computer animated and feature lowbrow comedy that most of which would not make me laugh even if I was a kid. The Secret of Arriety if a perfect example of how it is possible for kid's movie to be entertaining for both children and adults. It shows us that not every kid's movie has to be a comedy that all parents have to suffer through. This film is a cute fairy tale that features adventure, some danger, good characters, beautiful art, a good english dub, and presents a good emotional quality that you do not see very often in kid's movies. I think it is a tale that could be entertaining for the entire family. I went by myself and still really enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect by no means, but worth it in my opinion.
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Posted 2/21/12
I hope to see it sometime this week.
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Posted 2/21/12

Zangai wrote:


Kanade_Yagami wrote:


Zangai wrote:

Seen it. I thought it was good but not as good as previous Ghilbi films (Spirited Away, Ponyo) mainly because the ending was rather underwhelming IMO.


This movie was done by a different person, whereas the other films you mentioned were done by the same person therefore, the direction of the film will be different.


I see. Hayao Miyazaki wrote the previous films while a different person wrote Arriety buy Hayao took part in the movie as screenplay director.

Actually, Hayao Miyazaki was the screenwriter for this film, and the executive producer (I think). He was the director of the other films, in addition to writing the screenplays and, in most cases, the story itself. This was an adaptation, with is a slight recent trend in Studio Ghibli films. They used to mostly do original material out of the mind of the master, but have been doing adaptations more often of late.


acemcjace wrote:

So I saw the Secret of Arriety last Friday and I walked into the theater expecting another Ponyo (My apologies to Ponyo fans. I thought it was cute but it ultimately bored the crap out of me.) but since it was an anime movie, I felt committed as an anime fan that I had to go see it, and it was actually way better than I expected it to be. It has been a while since I seen a kids movie that was actually worth watching for myself because nowadays, all kids movies are computer animated and feature lowbrow comedy that most of which would not make me laugh even if I was a kid. The Secret of Arriety if a perfect example of how it is possible for kid's movie to be entertaining for both children and adults. It shows us that not every kid's movie has to be a comedy that all parents have to suffer through. This film is a cute fairy tale that features adventure, some danger, good characters, beautiful art, a good english dub, and presents a good emotional quality that you do not see very often in kid's movies. I think it is a tale that could be entertaining for the entire family. I went by myself and still really enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect by no means, but worth it in my opinion.


Very good point! Many people seem to be criticizing this film for its fairly simple storyline, when they are not at all the films intended audience. Much more than any other Studio Ghibli film, with the possible exception of Ponyo, this film is firmly aimed at kids! It is an adaptation of a classic of children's literature and has a story that is fitting for its main audience. The fact that it is entertaining for adults is really just icing on the cake! The English dub was extremely well done. Better, in my opinion, than many of the earlier Disney/Ghibli films. (Spirited Away was very well done, but I felt that some of the performances in Ponyo were weak.) All of the actors did their roles well, from the spirited performance by Bridget Mendler to the convincing portrayal of a sick teenager by David Henry, to the scenery chewing Hara that so well matched the animation by the great Carol Burnett. (She is one of the main reasons I really wanted to see this the first weekend. I love that woman's comedy and miss her on TV. She is a brilliant performer and American TV has not been the same since she left it to rot.)
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Posted 2/21/12
I really wanna see it in theaters with my brother but the only problem is that we don't want to see it in English. Are the voices any good in English?
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i hate that a bunch of "disney kids" were chosen as voice actors. Aren't there better and more experienced ones.
sorry for the rant, I'm just over seeing them everywhere, and now they have to invade my animes !!
Posted 2/21/12 , edited 2/21/12
and how a lot of the sounds in the movie were amplified to give the sense of a much larger world made it seem all the more real. love those details- miyazaki is genius
Posted 2/21/12

agira wrote:

i hate that a bunch of "disney kids" were chosen as voice actors. Aren't there better and more experienced ones.
sorry for the rant, I'm just over seeing them everywhere, and now they have to invade my animes !!


I totally agree! I was so dismayed when I discovered that....
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