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
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.
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.
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)
Color palette: (Morgan’s specialty)
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
The washroom made from a leaky water pipe.
Tell us about a time when your instincts went against the wishes of your family.