The Secret World of Arrietty


The Secret World of Arrietty {2012}


  • Bridgit Mendler
  • David Henrie
  • Amy Poehler
  • Will Arnett
  • Moises Arias
  • Carol Burnett

Summary: The Clock family cooks, cleans, plays, works, just like any other family. There is only one teeny-tiny exception – they are only four inches tall. Living in the floors and walls of a suburban garden home, Pod {Arnett}, Homily {Poehler}, and Arrietty {Mendler} “borrow” what they need from the Beans, or humans. They only take small amounts, nothing the homeowner and housekeeper {Burnett} would notice was missing. For example, a sugar cube, a tissue, maybe even a needle! When Shawn {Henrie}, the homeowner’s nephew, comes to the house for some peace and quiet, he stumbles upon “the little people.” He and Arrietty have a rocky start, but they soon become good friends. However, not everyone believes that the Borrowers mean no harm. The housekeeper, Hara, would rather have Arrietty and her family caught. Will they be able to escape from Hara with Shawn’s help?

My Thoughts: The Secret World of Arrietty is adorable and oh-so sweet! It is definitely not action-packed, but I liked the “quietness” of the plot. I did not expect it to keep my interest for the entire movie, but to my surprise, I was engaged right until the very end! Arrietty was a fabulously developed character, and combined with Mendler’s acting, she was one memorable main character. Her doubtful personality added a sense of realism to Arrietty, despite her petite size ;) Homily was perfect as the comic relief, and I thought that casting Amy Poehler to play the mom was a great decision. Pod was a quiet man, and he kept to himself, but he always acted well under pressure and panic, and he seemed like a good dad. Another good move casting wise was hiring David Henrie to play Shawn. I loved him {as well as Selena and Jake} in Wizards of Waverly Place, but now that the show has ended, he must want to branch out into other roles. Shawn and Arrietty were an unlikely pair, but their scenes together were the best. {especially the ending!} I found Hara hilarious, but I also hated her for disliking the Borrowers. I guess it was a love/hate thing. The animation was gorgeous! It was clear and the movement wasn’t choppy. Anyhoo, The Secret World of Arrietty took a terrific novel and made it into an outstanding movie!

Pros: Great casting, a sweet plot, fairly developed characters.

Cons: The movie has little action, but whether that’s a con or not depends on your preference. I didn’t mind it at all!

Heads Up: Nothing to be concerned about.

Overall: I give it 5 stars {*****} for a cute, family friendly movie that keeps the watcher interested. I recommend it for ages 8 and up. {Little kids probably wouldn’t last the whole movie.}

Bella :)


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