The Secret World of Arrietty

(G) ★★★★☆

This latest film from Japan’s Studio Ghibli brings the Mary Norton novel The Borrowers into animation. Arrietty, 14, lives under the floorboards of a house with her equally miniature parents. While dodging the house cat, they “borrow” what they need to survive. When a full-scale teenager discovers Arrietty, the wee family is threatened. A wonderfully rendered story in hand-drawn animation, the film is a welcome ride next to most frenetic American toons.

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