The Secret World of Arrietty – Movie Review

Posted on: February 13th, 2012by


As I watched the trailer of The Secret World of Arrietty and I was reminded of the very first show my family saw at the Arden Theater, The Borrowers. Their ability to bring the story to life, to tell the story of a family living below the baseboards, was magical and a great way to show my children how actors can bring a story to life. With one stage, we went below the boards and above the house, we went across forests, and inside a shoe. We traveled with Arietty when her family lost their home and had to find a new one. How cool, now with Disney bringing the story to film, that my children can now see a different way to tell the story of Arrietty.



We got a sneak peek at The Secret World of Arrietty last Saturday, when we saw an advanced screening.  It did not disappoint. What I especially liked is how it compared to seeing The Borrowers live. Yes, there is some overlap but for the most part both mediums chose a different part of the story to explore.  During the live performance, we learned a great deal about Arrietty’s family’s move from their home below the baseboards to a new location. In the movie, we learned more about the relationship between Shawn and Arrietty. We understood why Shawn was there and how their deep friendship developed.


The live performance told the tale of a family working together to face challenges and overcome difficulties. The Secret World of Arrietty does that and tells the story of friendship. Both infuse humor and drama to tell the great story of The Borrowers. We loved both.


The Secret World of Arrietty comes to the big screen February 17, 2012. Make her secret world, yours.


From Disney,  here’s the synopsis,

Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) 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 Shawn (voice of David Henrie), 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.



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In full disclosure, this post was sponsored in part by Allied Integrated Marketing, who provided Jersey Family Fun with tickets to the advanced screening of the show to review it for our readers.

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally.She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name.She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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