Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2010)

What's it about? An adaptation of classic children's story The Borrowers by legendary Japanese animation studio Ghibli. Arrietty is a little person who lives secretly beneath the floorboards of a house with her parents, who 'borrow' what they need to survive from the humans who live there. But when a lonely boy comes to stay and catches sight of Arrietty, they face the prospect of having to leave their beloved home.

Is it any good? It's slight, but all right. As usual with Ghibli, the animation is bright and lovely, and there's a nice sense of scale as the tiny Arrietty navigates the house and we see things from a different perspective. Thus, in her hands a pin becomes a sword, a sugar cube is as big as a brick and she encounters insects almost as big as her in the garden. But beyond those nice little details, there's not much else to it, as it meanders its way without much incident to a fairly gentle ending. There's also a sort of romance between a big person and little person, which reminded me a bit of The Krankies, but without the accompanying nausea. Overall, it's not exactly fandabbydozy, but it's a nice enough film for the kids.

Anything else I should know? The Krankies used to be swingers and once drifted out to sea whilst having sex in a rowboat. Also, Ian once punched Paul Daniels. True story.

What does the Fonz think? A tiny success.

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