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Discover a secret world within our own.
Directed By
Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Gary Rydstrom
Written By
Mary Norton (novel), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett
Distributed By
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English, Japanese
Release Date
February 17, 2012
94 minutes
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$23 million
$126,368,084 (dollars)

The Secret World of Arrietty, known in Japan as simply Arrietty, is an animated film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, and made by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1952 novel, The Borrowers, by English author Mary Norton.


The Secret World of Arrietty is about a borrower, a tiny person who borrows the belongings of regular-sized humans in order to make a life for herself, living under the floorboards of the house of a boy named Sho, who is living with his great aunt Sadako and who has had a serious heart condition since birth. Arrietty and her family must flee when Sadako's maid begins to notice a disturbance under the floorboards.

Voice Cast[]

  • Mirai Shida as Arrietty: A 14-year old borrower who lives with her parents under the floorboards of Shō's house. Arrietty was voiced by Saoirse Ronan in the United Kingdom dub, by Bridgit Mendler in the United States dub, and by Lee Seong Yeong in the Korean dub.
  • Ryunosuke Kamiki as Shō (known as Shawn in the United States version): A 12-year old human boy who becomes Arrietty's friend. He meets Arrietty in the house his mother was raised in, while awaiting heart surgery. Shō is based on "The Boy". Shō was voiced by Tom Holland in the United Kingdom dub, by David Henrie in the United States dub, and by Eom Sang Hyeon in the Korean dub.
  • Shinobu Ōtake as Homily: Arrietty's mother who has a liking for luxury. Homily was voiced by Olivia Colman in the United Kingdom dub, by Amy Poehler in the United States dub, and by Choi Moon Ja in the Korean dub.
  • Keiko Takeshita as Sadako Maki (known as Jessica in the United States version): The younger sister of Shō's grandmother. Sadako is based on Great Aunt Sophy. Sadako was voiced by Phyllida Law in the United Kingdom dub, by Carol Burnett in the United States dub, and by Choi Soo Min in the Korean dub.
  • Tatsuya Fujiwara as Spiller: A tiny bow-wielding boy who helps Arrietty's family move. Spiller was voiced by Luke Allen-Gale in the United Kingdom dub, by Moisés Arias in the United States dub, and by Hong Beom Gi in the Korean dub.
  • Tomokazu Miura as Pod: Arrietty's father who often borrows in order to provide for the family. Pod was voiced by Mark Strong in the United Kingdom dub, by Will Arnett in the United States dub, and by Jang Gwang in the Korean dub.
  • Kirin Kiki as Haru: Sadako's maid who is determined to find the truth behind "little people". Haru is based on Mrs. Driver. Haru was voiced by Geraldine McEwan in the United Kingdom dub, by Tress MacNeille in the United States dub, and by Seong Seon Nyeo in the Korean dub.



Studio Ghibli
Pre-Ghibli Films

Hols: Prince of the Sun (1968) • Puss 'n Boots (anime) (1969) • Flying Ghost Ship (1969) • Animal Treasure Island (1971) • Ali-Baba and the 40 Thieves (anime) (1971) • Yuki no Taiyo (1972) • Panda Go Panda (1972–1973) • The Castle of Cagliostro (1977) • Chie the Brat (1981) • Gauche the Cellist (1982) • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Ghibli Films

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) • Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) • The Story of Yanagawa's Canals (1987) • Grave of the Fireflies (1988) • My Neighbor Totoro (1988) • Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) • Only Yesterday (1991) • Porco Rosso (1992) • Ocean Waves (1993) • Pom Poko (1994) • Whisper of the Heart (1995) • Princess Mononoke (1997) • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) • Spirited Away (2001) • The Cat Returns (2002) • Howl's Moving Castle (2004) • Tales from Earthsea (2006)• Ponyo (2008) • The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) From Up On Poppy Hill (2011) • The Wind Rises (2013) • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) • When Marnie Was There (2014) •

Short Films

The Sky-Colored Seed (1992) • Nandarou (1992) • On Your Mark (1995) • Ghiblies (2000) • Ghiblies Episode II (2002) • Mei and the Kittenbus (2003) • Koro's Big Day Out (2003) • The Whale Hunt (2003) • The Invention of Destruction in the Imaginary Machines (2004) • Imaginary Flying Machines (2004) • The Ornithopter Story: Fly to the Sky Hiyodiro Tengu! (2004) • The Day I Harvested a Star (2006) • House-hunting (2006) • Monmon the Water Spider (2006) • The Night of Taneyamagahara (2006)


Masashi Andō •  Hideaki Anno •  Mamoru Hosoda •  Megumi Kagawa •  Kazuo Komatsubara •  Katsuya Kondō •  Yoshifumi Kondō •  Yoichi Kotabe •  Gorō Miyazaki •  Hayao Miyazaki •  Yoshiyuki Momose •  Tomomi Mochizuki •  Yasuji Mori •  Hiroyuki Morita •  Mamoru Oshii •  Shinji Otsuka •  Yasuo Ōtsuka •  Toshio Suzuki]] •  Isao Takahata •  Kazuo Oga •  Tsukasa Tannai


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