As a huge fan of The Littles during my childhood (I even had my pretzel house craft featured on an episode during the craft spot), I was excited to see the animated film The Secret World of Arrietty, based on the story The Borrowers.
While this movie is different than The Littles, it does have the same basic concept of little people living within the walls of houses and borrowing only what they need to survive. As such, items used by large humans are converted into necessary items for the Borrowers. For example, Arrietty uses a stick pin for a sword to protect her while she partakes in adventures.
In this movie, we are introduced to Arrietty, her mom Homily, and her dad, Pod. They are tiny people who live a comfortable life at a home in the country where a large human, Shawn, is staying with his Aunt Jessica and the housekeeper, Hara.
From the moment Shawn arrives at the house, he sees Arrietty in the yard. He’s intrigued and wants to build a friendship with her. Arrietty isn’t so sure. Her father has warned her to stay away from all humans because their lives would be endangered to do otherwise.
However, Arrietty doesn’t heed her father’s advice. As such, her family soon has to move, as is customary when a Borrower is discovered by a large human.
If you’re looking for modern animation, you won’t find it in The Secret World of Arrietty (not to say that the graphics aren’t spectacular because they are vivid and colorful, just not what we in our contemporary movie-watching are accustomed to). However, what you will find is a sweet movie with a lot of heart – a movie reminiscent of the good old days of Saturday morning cartoons.
There are some lessons to be learned in this movie. For one, Arrietty sees the result of her disobedience when her family is uprooted from their pleasant home and forced to move. A great reminder that all actions have consequences. Secondly, Arrietty’s mom is a worrywart and at times, hysterical. Another great lesson that worrying solves nothing, but only creates more stress and shows a lack of faith. A verse that comes to mind is Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…
While the very young may be frightened by the scene where the crow almost captures Arrietty and also when Homily is taken captive, there is nothing objectionable in this movie.
If you’re looking for a delightful and refreshing family night movie, I highly recommend The Secret World of Arrietty for the entire family.
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