Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 34: ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’

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Over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend in the United States, Walt Disney Pictures unveiled the latest release from the beloved Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, 2012’s The Secret World of Arrietty. Now that a week has past, Josh and Michael can delve deep into this secret world, adapted from the well-known British kids’ novel The Borrowers. Does The Secret World of Arrietty stand up to other Ghibli releases such as Ponyo and Spirited Away? What does the old Disney live-action movie Rascal, about a boy and his pet raccoon, have to do with the movie? And who do Josh and Michael think are the four animators worthy of a Mount Rushmore-like shrine? Find out the answers to these and other questions in the new Mousterpiece Cinema!


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  1. Michael Ryan says

    Hi Wes.

    Yes thanks! This was pointed out on Twitter. Apparently it has been out since 2005 and stores have done an excellent job of keeping it hidden from me. I have been chained to my desk with films flooding in to the YoungCuts Film Festival ( otherwise I would already have one in my hands.

    But it will be mine this weekend and then the campaign to twist Josh’s arm into talking about it begins! (Not expecting to have to campaign that hard really.)

  2. wes says

    Thanks for the wonderful discussion of this beautiful movie, particularly for pointing out the super subtle inclusion of Miyazaki’s pervading ecological theme.

    A small correction: Disney dubbed Nausicaa a while back. In fact, it’s the only Miyazaki movie other than Ponyo currently available in the US on Blu-ray.

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