When some people say they are Studio Ghibli fans, they often mean they are Hayao Miyazaki fans, forgetting that Miyazaki is only a part of the studio’s grand legacy. Not to be overlooked are the works of the other directors in the Ghibli house, including the “new generation” that aren’t founders Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata.
One of my favorite Ghibli films is from one of these new directors. Hiromasa Yonebayashi made his Ghibli directorial debut with The Borrower Arrietty in 2010. (He would later go on to direct Ghibli’s most recent film When Marnie Was There, and then become a founder of Studio Ponoc with Mary and the Witch’s Flower.) Based on the book The Borrowers, The Borrower Arrietty is a delightful fantasy with one of my favorite Ghibli leads, the adventurous and determined Arrietty.
With the film’s story overseen and initial screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki, and a wonderful score by harpist Cécile Corbel, The Borrower Arrietty is near the top of my Ghibli favorites list.