Bridgit Mendler and David Henrie Interview for “The Secret World of Arrietty”
Independent Films, Talk Shows, Movie Reviews, Interviews
Walt Disney Pictures is releasing the blockbuster Japanese film, “The Secret World of Arrietty,” in the U.S. on February 17th. Based on the beloved novel “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton and co-written by the iconic Hayao Miyazaki, this Studio Ghibli production (“Ponyo,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Spirited Away”) is an enthralling, visually entertaining piece with a great cast featuring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, and the legendary Carol Burnett. The main leads are Bridgit Mendler as Arrietty and David Henrie as Shawn.
I talked to Mendler (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Good Luck Charlie”) and Henrie (“Wizard of Waverly Place,” “How I Met Your Mother”) about their roles, why they wanted to do the film, being a part of Studio Ghibli, and the moral of the story.
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
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. Arrietty, a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper. Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn, a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger.
In Theaters • February 17, 2012
MPAA Rating G
Genres Action/Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Animated, Foreign, Adaptation
Distributors Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Run Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Year of Production: 2012
Country: United States