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The Secret World of Arrietty Ira Lapitan, Adam Acain, Chuxiang Su, Clarity Gates-Stacy
Overview How Does It End? in The Secret World of Arrietty Introductions to film &text and major themes - Ira Overview, storyline, characters - Adam Video clips & related audio/video sites - ChuxiangCultural aspects & technical aspects of animation & filming - Clarity
The Film & Text The Secret World of Arrietty isthe American title for the Japaneseanimated fantasy film based on thechildrens novel series TheBorrowers. The Borrowers, writtenby English Author Mary Norton andpublished in 1952, featured littleArrietty and her family living underthe floors of a normal-sized humanhousehold. They call themselves"borrowers" because they takethings from the humans, such asfood and supplies, in order tosurvive. The storyline and characters in the movie differ from the original text because inThe Borrowers the people are of different ethnicity/culture, there are morecharacters, and events throughout the story happen and end differently. The culturein the animated film is generally Japanese, but the original text tells the storydifferently about an ill little boy returning to India after his adventure with Arrietty. Theoriginal novel was written in 1952 by an English author, and since the film wascreated more recently, it recreates the story to portray current society and a differentcultural context.
Video clips & related audio/video sites The Official Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp2nb9Vq0yY “First Borrowing” -Exactly what “borrowing” is- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jiRiRKCvhg “Captured”-What happens when the borrowers are seen by humans- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEAfhiqaSYI
CharactersArrietty Arrietty is a young borrower, a small race of tiny people who “borrow” things from humans in order to survive. Arrietty, along with her family that consists of her father Pod and mother Homily, lives under the floorboards and in the walls of Shawn‟s mother‟s childhood home. Arrietty is an adventurous and kind-hearted borrower, and is very excited when her father takes her out on her first “borrowing”.
Characters ShawnShawn is an apathetic boy withheart problems that has come tohis mother‟s childhood home towait for an operation to fix hisheart, although he knows theoperation has a low success rate.Shawn‟s parents are on the vergeof divorce, so he is in the care ofhis aunt Jessica and the housemaid Haru. Early on in the film,Shawn discovers Arrietty and triesto communicate with and befriendher.
CharactersHaru Haru is the maid of Shawn‟s aunt‟s house. Haru is the antagonist of this film, and is always coming up with ways to catch the borrowers. She catches Homily and hides her in the pantry, but Shawn and Arrietty save her before Haru and show her hostage to Jessica. Haru‟s character is an old, grouchy woman that is obsessed with catching the borrowers.
Characters Pod Clock & Homily Clock Pod is Arrietty‟s father. He is strong and tough. Pod is quiet but has no problem speaking his mind when he wants to. Pod takes Arrietty on her first borrowing and is calm and level-headded when Arrietty loses the cube of sugar.Homily is Arrietty mother. She is constantlyworried about her daughter, especiallywhen she goes out borrowing. Homily isloud and dramatic, contrasting Pod‟scharacteristics. Homily is kidnapped byHaru and put in a jar in the pantry.
Characters SpillerSpiller is another borrower that helped Pod get homewhen he was injured. Spiller‟s character is portrayed assort of barbaric, because of how he is dressed andspeaks. Spiller helps Pod and his family find a new placeto make their home.
Storyline Beginning & MiddleWhen Shawn arrives at his mother‟s house, he discovers Arrietty as shetries to take a tissue from the tissue box at his bedside. Shawn frightensArrietty, and she drops a sugar cube she has taken from the kitchen. Hetries to communicate with her, but she does not want to make herpresence known because she fears that human will destroy their way oflife. After several attempts at communication, Arrietty finally decides toreveal herself to Shawn by sneaking to his bedroom and telling him thather family does not need his help. While on her way back home, Arrietty iscaught by her father and the tiny family decides that they must movesomewhere else before the humans do their worst. While out searching fora new place to call home, Arrietty‟s father, Pod, is injured and is helpedback home by another young borrower named Spiller. Spiller tells Pod of afew places he knows of that might be a good location for a new home.
Storyline How Does it END?After Pod recovers from the injuries he sustained earlier, he decides tolook at a few places that Spiller suggested. The story takes a turn for theworst when the maid Haru discovers the mythical borrowers living underthe floorboards. Haru plays the devil‟s advocate by kidnapping Homily,which forces Shawn and Arrietty to team up to rescue her before Haruexposes their secret world. Together, Arrietty and Shawn rescue Homilybut Arrietty and her family must quickly leave in search of a new home.Shawn and Arrietty are both sad to part ways because their friendship hasgrown so strong. Shawn reveals that Arrietty has restored his will to live,and Arrietty gives him a clip as a token of their friendship. Shawn andArrietty say their goodbyes before Spiller, Arrietty, and her family embarkson their journey downstream in a tea pot.
Cultural Aspects The Secret World of Arrietty was adapted from the novel The Borrowers byMary Norton. The Secret World of Arrietty was directed Hiromasa Yonebayashiand scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. Since this movie was adaptedto the Japanese culture it is not 100% representative of the original novel byNorton. The Secret World of Arrietty has been dubbed into an English version.Because of this, some of the cultural aspects conveyed from the Japaneselanguage have been lost in translation. The Secret World of Arrietty is representative of the Japanese culturethrough the animation technique and animation of the character through theirexpressions. A good example of this is when Arrietty or any of the othercharacters are surprised or mad their hair spikes up and their facial expressionsare exaggerated. This is typical of Japanese animation in many other films.
Technical aspects of animation & filmingThe Secret World of Arrietty is an animated film with animation byHiromasa Yonebayashi who is also known for his works fromHowls Moving Castle, Tales from Earthsea and Spirited Away. Because of the size difference in character scale in themovie, some aspects of filming are employed. Throughout thismovie there are many “low point of view shots” to show just howsmall Arrietty and her family are, this technique gives the viewerthe perspective of what the Borrowers see. Another unique technique of this film is presented whenshots are established, typically they show a close up of a humanin contrast to a Borrower. In a typical movie these extreme closeup establishing shots would not be used. But because of the sizedifference in characters these shots again give a betterperspective of the size difference between the Borrowers andhumans. In the beginning of the movie this next technique isutilized a lot. When there are shots of the Borrowers, their bodiesnever take up much of the screen. When the shots change to thehumans their heads and shoulders take up the whole screen in aclose up. This again is to give emphasis on the size difference ofthe characters, especially when doing back to back shots.
Major Theme Topic: How does it end?The Secret World of Arrietty is represented by the topic How Does it End?. How Does it End is also a general theme for this movie because it brings together several other major themes of the story such as love, trust, friendship and belonging. The ending of the story is significant to such themes because of the impact that Arrietty and Shawn had on each other after their adventure throughout the film. They developed a deep friendship with one another and based on love and trust, Arrietty restores Shawn‟s will to keep on living.
Major Theme Love & TrustLove & trust are a major theme of the film because everything that each of the protagonists and good characters do are out of love and trust. Arrietty trusts Shawn with her family‟s secret of borrowing and living within the walls and floors of Shawn‟s home. She is aware of the risk of any humans knowing about the borrowers but she opens up to him, they build a special bond, and she completely trusts him that he would not harm her or her family in any way. Arrietty also trusts Spiller in the end, as another borrower, when they make the big decision to leave the house and start over elsewhere, and Spiller accompanies them with help. Pod Clock also risks his life and a possibility of the humans finding them when he goes out borrowing. He does this to provide for his family, which is out of love. Meanwhile, Homily is at home always cooking and cleaning for her family, but is also always concerned for her husband and daughters safety and well-being when they are out.
Major Theme Belonging Belonging is a theme of the film because the Clock family finds themselves in a dilemma between belonging in this home where Shawn lives, or having to live somewhere else.Arrietty‟s ancestors have been living in this home for generations, and in the end they needed to make the big decision to move out in order to remain safe.
Major Theme FriendshipFriendship is a very significant theme in the film because Arrietty and Shawn built a friendship that was extremely strong regardless of the circumstances they were in. Shawn helped Arrietty save her mother from Haru and Arrietty helped restore Shawn‟s will to survive. This was out of their friendship, which developed strongly and rapidly even after their first encounter when Arrietty was afraid. She was afraid that he caught her borrowing, but he reassured her that he means no harm and that he just wanted to get to know her.
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