Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty: Celebrate the Little People

Long before the Movie Slut was the Movie Slut, way back when she was just a kid at Roosevelt Elementary, she adored a book called "The Borrowers," by Mary Norton. It was a tale about little people who lived in houses and were responsible for lost items.

And the Movie Slut-to-be was famous for losing items.

The book not only explained why her belongings were disappearing, but it also revealed the creative uses Borrowers had for thimbles, doll accessories and other small stuff. It was a wondrous book.

Alas, the 1997 movie of the same name didn't capture the magic. But now we have Arrietty, an exquisite animated film about these mini people.

And the Japanese film, which is in English, takes the book a step further by developing a relationship between human and Borrower.

It's billed as a children's movie, but judging from the whispering, fidgeting kids sitting behind the Movie Slut, it's the grown ups who'll really appreciate it.

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