New Visions: THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2011)
Event Date: February 16, 2012 - 7:30pm
Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA
New Visions of Japanese Cinema
Sponsored by UCLA's Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies
Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (SPIRITED AWAY and PONYO) comes THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, an animated adventure based on Mary Norton's acclaimed children's book series "The Borrowers."
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 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 (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger.
Note: Melnitz Movies will be presenting the new, English-language version of THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY. The English-language version of THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom.
Co-Presented by the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies
Post-show reception to follow in the James Bridges Theatre lobby.
Official Selection, Helsinki International Film Festival
Official Selection, !F Istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival
Official Selection, International Rome Film Festival
Official Selection, Moscow International Film Festival
Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival
Official Selection, Frankfurt Nippon Connection Film Festival
“A gorgeous, rounded piece of craft, where the subtle, almost tactile textures of the characters and backdrops allow you to appreciate this moving, whimsical tale as if it were real.” –David Jenkins, Time Out
“A beautifully crafted, intimate adventure movie and - presented in hand-drawn 2D - one of the most visually arresting you'll enjoy all year.” –Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
“It's a gentle and entrancing tale, deeper and richer than more instantly gratifying fare. Think of it as the slow food of the animation world.” –Steve Rose, The Guardian
“Studio Ghibli has pulled it out of the bag yet again, offering a miniature corrective to the brash 3D beasts customarily trained on the Haribo demographic.” –Sophie Ivan, Film4
DIRECTOR: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
WRITERS: Hayao Miyazaki & Keiko Niwa (Screenplay), Karey Kirkpatrick (English Language Screenplay), Mary Norton (Novel, “The Borrowers”)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE VOICE CAST: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, Moises Arias
Studio Ghibli/Walt Disney Studios
35mm, 94 min.