Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of The Secret World of Arrietty at the UA Colorado Center Theater. My teen, my little brother, and myself have been excited about this movie for months. We love all things Studio Ghibli. However, I was curious whether it would be appropriate for my littler ones (I'm a very picky mama).
About the film:
Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away,” “Ponyo”) comes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.” 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. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom. The film hits theaters Feb. 17, 2012.
Hubby and I absolutely loved this movie. It's cute, it's funny, it's full of adventure, and it's visually striking. As I said, I'm a very picky mama when it comes to my kids and movies; I will absolutely be taking my 6 and 8 year olds (as well as the teen of course) to see The Secret World of Arrietty. I found it very appropriate for my little ones. Not only appropriate, but I just know that they are going to love it.
Disclaimer: I was given an opportunity to see this movie as a member of the reviewing press (yes, I felt special). I am not paid for posting about it and as always opinions are my 100% honest and my own.