From the Japanese animated movie – “THE BORROWERS ARRIETTY”
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki & Keiko Niwa, based on the 1953 children’s book by Mary Norton about a young borrower – a race of tiny people who live hidden from the human race and “borrow” unneeded food and utilities from their hosts – who befriends a human called Shô when he moves into the house under which Arrietty’s family live.
Shô’s nanny Haru treats the borrowers as vermin and attempts to find and destroy them, while Shô simultaneously attempts to befriend the human-averse borrowers and save them from the many perils which threaten their tiny lives.
Presented from the point of a view of a borrower 10cm tall interacting with a human-sized world, Arrietty‘s wondrous settings fill you with an indescribable sense of awe, from the wide expanses of a garden in which small puddles are lakes and a leaf makes the perfect umbrella to the borrowers’ house peppered with re-purposed human objects and dollhouse furniture.
Every hand-painted background is overflowing with striking colour and detail, the likes of which are rarely seen in these days of ever more affordable computer-generated animation, and bring to mind the ornate backgrounds and fluid character animation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia, which were so expensive and time-consuming to produce that they nearly put the Walt Disney Company out of business.
The movie brilliantly conveys a rather beautiful moral – “Friendship is a bond so beautiful that it can begin and survive through even the weirdest and most troublesome circumstances.”
Even thought its coming a bit late, I’d like to wish everyone a Very Happy Friendship Day! ^_^