The Secret World of Arriety

In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. It’s not giving away too much to say that Arrietty and Shawn brush against each other’s lives—and neither’s is the same afterward. For any fans of Miyazaki’s other films, and anyone of any age seeking immersive family-friendly entertainment that’s life-affirming, The Secret World of Arrietty is a winning experience. (
Year Released
Running Time
94 minutes
Date Released
May 22, 2012
Studio Ghibli
Average: 3 (1 vote)


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Jeremy Mangan, 4th Grade Teacher, Winchester Thurston School

Field of Interest/Specialty: Elementary Education
Posted On: 01/10/2016

Jeremy Mangan
Film Review
January 10, 2016
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Secret World of Arrietty is an animated fantasy film based on the novel The Borrowers. In 2010 the film was released in Japanese, and then in 2011 it was rereleased in English. Arrietty was also released as a manga series after the films release.
In this film a boy named Shawn recalls the adventure that he went on one summer while staying in his mothers childhood home. While there, Shawn meets a miniature person named Arrietty and begins to learn about this group of people called The Borrowers. The Borrowers live hidden to the outside world and survive by borrowing what they need from the humans that they cohabitate with.
When Arrietty’s family is found by Shawn Arrietty’s father decides that they must leave the house and find a different place to live, free from the eyes of Shawn’s family. This leads Arrietty’s family on a wild adventure to find their new home.
Although this film was enjoyable, I do not see how it could be used in the classroom to teach about east Asian culture. Other that the film’s anime like style of animation it has very little to do with East Asian culture.