Arrietty, (also known as The Secret World of Arrietty in North America and Europe), is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film made in Studio Ghibli, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. It is based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton, an English author of children's books, about a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of a typical household, borrowing items from humans to survive. Tom Holland portrayed the character Shō in the UK dub of the film.


Arrietty, a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shô, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, 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. [1]


  • Saoirse Ronan as Arrietty
  • Tom Holland as Shō
  • Olivia Colman as Homily
  • Phyllida Law as Sadako Maki
  • Luke Allen-Gale as Spiller
  • Mark Strong as Pod
  • Geraldine McEwan as Haru


Arrietty was first released in Japanese cinemas on July 17, 2010, by Japanese film distributor Toho. The film was officially released at a ceremony attended by the film's cast and Yonebayashi. In the United Kingdom, the film was released on July 29, 2011 by Optimum Releasing


Arrietty has received very positive reviews from film critics; Rotten Tomatoes sampled 121 reviews and judged 95% of them to be positive. Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score, rated the film 80 out of 100 based on 28 reviews. [2]


Arrietty Official UK Trailer 2011

Arrietty Official UK Trailer 2011


  1. - Synopsis
  2. - Release and reception