I read The Borrowers when I was a kid and loved it. The idea of little people living quietly beneath the floorboards was fascinating. I dreamed that I would be so lucky to find clues that there were Borrowers living in my house. I promised that if I ever found one, I would treat the little person with respect. I wouldn’t trap it or hurt it. I would promise to never tell. I would become a protector of my Borrower family.
Sadly for me, my dream of having a Borrower family living beneath my home never came true. Perhaps they lived there undetected. But considering we moved away (and had the house inspected for all sorts of pests), I’m leaning towards reality interrupting my childhood fantasy.
Today, your children can discover the secret world of the Borrowers in the new Disney movie, The Secret World of Arrietty.
Arrietty is a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old girl who lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the people who live there. Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes and tissue paper. When 12-year-old Shawn, a human “bean,” 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. The film opens today and is rated G.
As much as I love Pixar-style digital animation, Arrietty is classic anime from the legendary Studio Ghilbi. The film was originally released in Japan in 2010 with high critical acclaim and has now been adapted to English with the famous voices of Amy Poehler and Will Arnett. I loved the beauty and the music. My son loved the story. When we visited the library yesterday, he asked if he could “rent” The Borrowers. Our adventure into the book will have to wait until the book is returned in a week; no doubt a sign that Disney and Studio Ghilbi are creating a new generation of Borrower fans.
Disclosure: I received media passes to attend an advance screening of The Secret World of Arrietty. The views above are mine alone.