Walt Disney Studios and the legendary Studio Ghibli (“Ponyo” and “Spirited Away”) proudly open the doors to “The Secret World of Arrietty” on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, on May 22, 2012. This visually Stunning animated movie stars an impressive voice cast that includes Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Bridgit Mendler, Moises Arias, David Henrie and the iconic Carol Burnett.
Based on the acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers,” by Mary Norton, “The Secret World of Arrietty” is an imaginative tale of “little people” living furtively among us, and the unlikely friendship that forms when their hidden world is discovered. The heartwarming family adventure features beautiful, stylized animation and timeless themes of friendship, courage, and determiniation
Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered. 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 the little people, Arrietty 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 (voiced by David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers hi mysterious housemate on evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.
In Dave’s earlier review of The Secret World of Arrietty, the message and beauty of the story really shine in the Blu-Ray format! While a lot of the more serious material of the movie went over Zoe’s head, the core messages of love, hope, trust and courage really hit home with her…and us for that matter! We are huge fans of Studio Ghibli, and The Secret World of Arriety doesn’t disappoint!!! It is truly a beautiful movie with a heartwarming message.
In addition to the Blu-Ray hi-definition picture and digital sound, the 2-disc Combo Pack includes a good variety of bonus features! There is a Storyboard Presentation of the film, as well as the original Japanese Trailers and Television Commercials, There are also two great music videos in the bonus materials! Both “Summertime” performed by Bridgit Mendler and “Arrietty’s Song” which is the movie’s theme song is performed by innovative singer and harpist Cecile Corbel, who also wrote the lyrics, do not disappoint!!! There is also a behind the scenes look at The Making of “Summertime” music video hosted by Bridgit Mendler.
The Secret World of Arrietty is 95 minutes of great movie and the bonus features are definitely the cherry on top! I only hope that you enjoy this movie as much as we did!
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