The Secret World of Arrietty Opens Today in USA
Arrietty has finally arrived in the States! Studio Ghibli's 2010 feature is now playing on 1,200 screens across America. Everyone should attend during this crucial opening weekend to show their support. Take the whole extended family, from the kids to the grandparents, and have a great time. I'll be attending for a second go-around this weekend.
Personally, I really enjoyed this movie, and I think it may benefit from multiple viewings. It's shorter and leaner than most Studio Ghibli fare, but I think this may work in Arrietty's favor. It's a gentle, quiet, often reflective movie, and despite its roots in Mary Norton's books, this is still very much a Japanese movie. I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks.
Also, sometime this weekend, I have to sit down and watch Arrietty's UK and Japanese dubs, and see how it compares to Disney's soundtrack.
Just as a word of warning, there's another hideously awful fake, auto-tuned "song" that plays during the closing credits. Sam Hiti tells me it also plays during the movie, but I'll have to watch again to see if that's true. In any case, Cecile Corbel's wonderfully celtic music is far, far better, and anchors the movie very strongly. We'll have to track down her Arrietty soundtrack CD for sure.