The Family Reviews Arrietty

arrietty movie poster

Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: An extra-tiny girl learns the hard way about advice from her parents and growing up.

Brigette: A film about what happens when you dare to trust in yourself and the good in others.

Morgan: A family of tiny people and the struggles of being small.

Gable: A tiny girl named Arrietty, living with her mother and father under the floorboards of a house, discovers a human boy.

Any particular reason for choosing this film?

Brigette: The girls read The Borrowers and were interested in seeing a movie based on the book.

Morgan: Well, I’ve read almost the entire “Borrower” series, and I quite liked them. This anime film is inspired by the “Borrower” series, so I was interested in seeing it.


Pete: Animated Adventure

Brigette & Morgan: Anime/Family

Gable: Anime/Action

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: My favorite character was Spiller, because he was wild, helpful and funny.

Brigette: Arrietty because she decided for herself whether humans were dangerous or not but was still respectful of her parent’s views as well.

Morgan: My favorite character would probably be Sho, because he was the kindest character.

Gable: Arrietty because she reminded me of myself with her wish to adventure, even though people tell her it’s dangerous.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Haru because she was creepy and evil.

Brigette: Haru because she was unnecessarily mean to the Borrowers.

Morgan: Haru. She was creepy.

Gable: Haru because she sort of creeped me out and she was sort of mean.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait?

Pete: It took me a little while to get into it, but when I did it was enthralling.

Brigette: It took a while for me to get into it but I found myself slowly falling in love with it.

Morgan: It didn’t take too long, but it did take a while. And yes, it was worth the wait.

Gable: It took a while but not long. Yes, it was worth the wait.

Favorite quote:

Pete: “Sometimes its best NOT to go looking for danger.” – Pod

Brigette: “The world if full of dangerous creatures.” – Homily

Morgan: “You don’t always have to run. Take time to watch, first, then decide.” – Pod

What would you change?

Pete: Anyone talking whilst chewing on a mouthful of food has always annoyed me; putting this in an animated movie really got my blood boiling for a few seconds.

Brigette: The ending.

How was the soundtrack?

Pete: Japanese flavor that enhanced the mood of the film. Good job on that.

Brigette: Beautiful. We’ve put it on Grooveshark for you to hear.

How was the ending?

Pete: Came rather quickly, but the ending was one full of hope. I would not be surprised if they ever did a sequel or series.

Brigette: I wished it had ended differently.

Morgan: Touching.

Gable: A bit sad.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: To make the most of what you already have; especially the environment.

Brigette: Trust your own instincts.

Morgan: To appreciate what you have.

Gable: Be grateful for what you have or it will be taken away from you.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Young children or young families.

Brigette: Anyone who thinks they wouldn’t like anime films.

Morgan: People who like anime films and the “Borrower” series.

Gable: Anime-lovers or people who are interested in “small people”.

Won’t Eat Their Cereal opportunity: Arrietty Won’t Eat Her Cereal

Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty)

Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale

Color palette: (Morgan’s specialty)

Arrietty Color Palette

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)

The washroom made from a leaky water pipe.

arrietty architectural detail

Tell us about a time when your instincts went against the wishes of your family.

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