Mary Norton’s popular story, The Borrowers, gets the Studio Ghibli treatment, with all the beauty and charm of the studio’s previous films. Arrietty’s family are Borrowers – tiny people who quietly liberate their human neighbour’s everyday objects and find alternative uses for them. But when Arrietty is discovered by Sho, a human boy, a new friendship blossoms, threatening their peaceful existence. The exquisite animation and lively score combine to create an exciting, fantastical backdrop for this classic story.
We showed ‘Arrietty’ to our KS1 children. The film was enjoyed by the children with most awarding 5 stars.
Opinion was varied, with some finding the movie funny and entertaining – whilst others expressed some confusion, sadness, and even fear.
Here is what they had to say…
“My favourite part was when Arrietty saved her Mum.” ~ Charlotte, Yr 2
“I enjoyed it because the little people survived.” ~ Riyah, Yr 2
“The best part was when Arrietty’s Mum escaped.” ~ Roddy, Yr 2
“It made me feel happy, sometimes sad, and excited.” ~ Miranda, Yr 1
“I would recommend the film to my friends! I enjoyed it because the family escapes in the end.” ~ Clara, yr 1
“I enjoyed the film because it was kind of funny.” ~ Marian, Yr 2
“The best bit was when the housekeeper kept fainting as it was funny.” ~ Ren, Yr 1
“I enjoyed the movie because there was lots of adventure!” ~ Emile
“I would recommend the film. i enjoyed the funny parts and my favourite was when Arrietty finds her mother.” ~ Maria, Yr 2
“I did not enjoy the film – it was too sad.” ~ Serena, Yr 5
“I enjoyed it because it was like the Borrowers!” ~ Zahra, yr 2
“I loved the music and the animation. The best part was when the boy sees Arrietty for the first time.” ~ Kai, Yr 3
“It was heart warming! My favourite part was when she gives the boy the clip.” ~ Rily, yr 2
“The film was good but it made me feel sad.” ~ Elektra, Yr 5