In a suburban neighborhood outside Tokyo there is a house with tiny people living beneath the floorboards--and they're stealing all the sugar cubes. Okay, so maybe they just borrow one or two every so often. This is the basic premise of acclaimed Japanese animator Hayao Miayzaki's 2010 film The Secret World of Arrietty, which opened in U.S. theaters Friday, Feb. 17.
The movie is an adaptation of 1952 English novel, The Borrowers, by Mary Norton, and centers on a girl named Arrietty and her parents--all no bigger than a salt shaker--who live in the crevices of a house occupied by a regular-sized family. Their worlds collide when Arrietty is discovered by a young boy with a heart condition named Shawn, and the two develop a friendship.
Actors Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and Bridgit Mendler provide voice-overs for the U.S. version.
View the trailer here: