Arrietty (U)

Voices of: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Olivia Colman
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The Independent Culture

From Japan's Studio Ghibli comes this sprightly animated adaptation of Mary Norton's children's classic The Borrowers.

Arrietty lives under the floorboards of a rural mansion with her daintily minuscule parents, a family who live by "borrowing" bits and bobs from the human world above. The ingenuity with which father and daughter try to requisition a sugar lump is a miniature of patient craftsmanship. Ghibli's colour palette and fluidity of line are in full working order, while the voice cast (it also comes in a subtitled version), including Saoirse Ronan, Olivia Colman and Mark Strong, should enhance its appeal to UK audiences.