Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Secret World of Arrietty

The Secret World of Arrietty is an animated feature movie from Japan. It is the first movie for Hiromasa Yonebayashi as a director, but he is one of the animators behind Spirited Away.

The first thing that struck me when I saw this movie is the beautiful artwork. The backgrounds are so very well painted that I could watch this for the artwork alone.

The story is about a family of small people, about four inches high, who lives in their home built under another (human) family's residence. They live a secret life, but are dependent for their daily needs on the household under which they live. Arrietty, the daughter of the family of mother and father, is discovered by the human family's sickly grandson.

If this had been a Western story, this would be a story about a daughter objecting to her father, showing him that the humans are not bad at all. But this is not. This is a daughter respecting her parents and trusting in their experiences of life. I would rather say that this is a story about humans who try to do good, but should have left things as they were. We humans - at least in the Western world - have fascinating idea of behaving like we know what is good for everyone. Well, in this story, humans may have good intentions but are proven to mess with things they don't know anything about, causing unnecessary trouble.

Thank you Imdb.com for the links.