The Secret World of Arrietty {a review}

JT and I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago,
to see an advance screening of The Secret World of Arrietty and it was so darling!
We've been so sick around here, that I hadn't gotten around to writing about it.

The gorgeous animation was magical and I loved the whimsical soundtrack.
This animated adventure, that is based on the acclaimed book series The Borrowers,
was originally released in Japan by Studio Ghibli -
who also produced Spirited Away and Ponyo.
It's about a tenacious little Borrower named Arrietty
and her adventures living hidden beneath the floorboards of a
suburban human home.
However, when she is discovered on the evening of her
first "Borrowing" by the new human house guest,
a secret friendship blossoms and the lives of both the humans
and the Borrowers are changed forever.

The thing that I loved most about this movie was it's calming nature.
It was a nice change of pace from a lot of the current animated
films and tv shows that my children watch.
It had a serene feeling to the entire film which reminded me a lot
of the cartoons I used to watch as a child.
I also adored Arrietty - she was strong, spunky and spirited.
The respect she had for her parents was amazing,
and she's a fabulous role model for little ones.

At first I was worried that JT would get bored,
because the film wasn't over-stimulating like the movies
he's used to, but he was drawn in by the engaging storyline
and the "cool tricks" the Borrowers used and he found the
housekeeper hilarious.
When I asked him what his favorite part was he said, "All of it mom!
Ok, my favorite? I liked when the crazy bird tried to get into the house."

The Secret World of Arrietty is a heart warming story that
is appropriate for the entire family and will tug at your
heart strings and make you grateful for your blessings.