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The Secret World of Arrietty

11 May

Movie Release Date: July 18, 2010 (Japan); February 17, 2012 (North America)
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Original Title: Kari-gurashi no Arietti / The Borrower Arrietty / 借りぐらしのアリエッティ
Movie plot:

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. – imdb.com

Book Release Date: 1952
Originally Published as: The Borrowers
Written By: Mary Norton
Book Description:

The Borrowers—the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are “borrowed” from the “human beans” who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England. – From ‘Odessey’ book jacket

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Difference between the movie and the book:

  • I haven’t seen the movie yet, but when I do I will post it here!

Interesting facts about the book and/or movie:

  • Won the 1952 Carnegie Medal.
  • Won the 34th Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
  • Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata had considered adapting the novel for the past 40 years.
  • 7.5 million people saw the film in theaters, an all-time record in Japan for a movie with a first time director.
  • n the Borrowers’ home, they have three cups with playing card symbols (heart, diamond, and club). The only symbol they do not have is the spade, which in many cultures is considered to be bad luck.

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