Growing up I loved reading the story The Borrowers by Mary Norton. I am also a HUGE fan of all the Studio Ghibli films, like Spirited Away and Ponyo. Here is what the movie is all about.
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.
My favorite aspect of the movie was the attention to detail about what it would sound like being that small in the world. The clicking of the clock, how loud the rain would be. They captured it beautifully. The kids really enjoyed it. Now I catch mine looking in little cracks and hidden corners. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the doll house furniture starts getting “lost” in those corners.
Check out the Trailer and take your kids to see this fantastic movie!