All the Small Things: Studio Ghibli’s Newest Film “The Secret World Of Arrietty” Hits Theatres Tomorrow

16 Feb

Giant cat or tiny person? You can never tell with Studio Ghibli...

Chances are that even if you’re not overly familiar with anime, you’ve probably heard the name Studio Ghibli before, or watched one of their films without knowing it.

Akin to the Disney of Japan, with a huge following around the globe, Studio Ghibli movies have the unique distinction of  being  among the few Japanese films that get widespread release across the United States.

The latest film to grace the silver screen here in the US will be The Secret World Of Arrietty, a re-imagining of the classic English tale The Borrowers. Showing across a record number of 1200 screens, the film will be coming out tomorrow, February 17th.

While some of you may have already seen the Japanese version, or plan to catch The Secret World Of Arrietty after it’s available for at-home viewing, I highly encourage you to go see the film in theaters for a few different reasons.

One, the viewing experience. There is very little that compares to seeing an animated movie with fantastic visuals on the big screen.

Two, the fans. While there might be a handful of people who will be overly excitable (I’m looking at you rambunctious individuals who yell at the screen and kick the back of my chair), the truth is that it’s really nice to be surrounded by others who are just as excited about a movie as you are.

Who knows? Maybe everyone will spontaneously burst into song.

Three, voting with your dollar. While stunning visuals and anime camaraderie are all good things, one of the most important things about seeing Japanese films when they’re available in theaters is that purchasing a ticket sends a message to Disney (the one putting the film out for release in the US) and other studios that fans here in the US are willing to support the widespread theatrical releases of Studio Ghibli films here in the states.

And beyond sponsoring just Ghibli films, who knows: maybe we’ll be able to get even more Japanese films showing on a larger number of screens nationwide if the financial benefit (in the eyes of studios) is worth it. Because while some Asian films do make it into art or student cinemas, larger theatre franchises generally don’t pick them up.

I’ll get off my soapbox now, but I know that there are those of you who also care deeply about making more Asian and Japanese media available here in the United States, and ‘voting with your dollar’ is definitely a step toward making that happen.

Below you’ll find a small blurb about the The Secret World Of Arrietty from the official website along with the full-length theatrical trailer. If you’d like to see the trailer in the original Japanese, you can do that here.

Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all…

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4 Responses to “All the Small Things: Studio Ghibli’s Newest Film “The Secret World Of Arrietty” Hits Theatres Tomorrow”

  1. Ducky February 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I’m a huge fan of SG, and I’ve watched almost all the movies. I think I might try and drag my wife to this one.

    Thanks too for including the “Vote with your dollar” thing. The only way we’re going to be able to get more of this awesome stuff from Japan, is by showing the people who can release it, that there’s a market for it.

    Awesome Post!

  2. Aya1gou March 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Oh I saw this movie twice at my local theater, and bought some character goods too ^^
    I really loved this, but I thought it’s for girls.

    • imaginaryerin March 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      I’m so glad that you were able to see it twice! Such a wonderful film. :) Which character goods did you get?

      As to it being for girls or not… I think that Studio Ghibli films can appeal to anyone: be they boy girl, young or old. I think that’s part of the reason Studio Ghibli is so beloved. :)


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