Animated “The Secret world of Arrietty” Starts New Adventure With DVD Release
Disney and Studio Ghibli’s film “The Secret World of Arrietty” will be available May 22.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2012 15:05
Whereas feather pens are the norm for old-fashioned “bean” writing, “borrowers” adorn their ink pens with dragonfly wings in “The Secret World of Arrietty,” a movie leading to a hidden world with its Tuesday, May 22 Blu-ray combo pack and DVD release.
The upcoming release’s cover illustrates a borrower, or little person, named Arrietty carrying a spoon containing a sugar cube while a bean, or human, named Shawn observes her in the background. It also features English, Japanese and French audios; English subtitles, English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, and French subtitles; and multiple bonus features.
The Blu-ray bonus features include the original Japanese trailers and storyboards, music videos from featured artists Cécile Corbel and Bridgit Mendler, and the making of “Summertime”— the featured music video from Mendler, who also voices borrower Arrietty.
In a Walt Disney Pictures interview, Mendler said the Japanese version’s plot and animated presentation’s beauties are what inspired her to star in the one in English.
“I loved seeing that, and I thought that it was just a wonderful part to have,” she said in the interview. “It’s so different than normal opportunities. I really wanted to go for it.”
The filmic renditions resulted, in major part, from “Spirited Away” director Hayao Miyazaki’s 40-plus years of enchantment with Mary Norton’s novel “The Borrowers,” according to an L.A. Times article. The Japanese Studio Ghibli-produced film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and then handed to Gary Rydstrom for the Disney Pictures version while Miyazaki did the Japanese edition’s script and Karey Kirkpatrick worked on the English version.
According to Visual Hollywood, Kirkpatrick jumped on the script after the English version’s producers, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, invited him to write.
“I’ve been a fan of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s work for a long time,” he said in the article, “so I said yes, I would love to do the job.”
The film’s attention to detail, which carefully juxtaposes object sizes between humans and borrowers, gives viewers an understanding of how small borrower Arrietty and the rest of her people are in comparison to Shawn and the other beans.
While a typical spoon’s handle fits snugly between the human thumb and index finger, borrowers must wrap a whole hand around the handle of that same spoon almost twice their height. These little people are also small enough that masking tape can support their whole bodies as they climb—something tape cannot do for humans.
The film, which was released in U.S. theaters Feb. 17, collected $6.4 million during its opening weekend and gathered a gross of $19.1 million in the United States alone, according to Box Office Mojo. As far as the worldwide total, the movie earned $145.5 million.
As with all theater films turned into at-home editions, “The Secret World of Arrietty” is now available for pre ordering, both for die-hard fans eager to own the movie as well as for those who were unable to see it in theaters.
For more information regarding the pre-ordering or release of the Blu-ray combo pack and DVD, visit http://disney.go.com/arrietty/.