Arrietty (2010)

A lovely, inventive film about a family of tiny people living in a regular-sized house, and the antics they get up to foraging and making a life for themselves. I’m not familiar with the books the film is actually based on, but it reminded me of similar antics of scale from Terry Pratchett’s Nome/Bromeliad trilogy.…

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

A grounded Ghibli film anchored with a strong sense of nostalgia and sense of place. It’s cute and sweet but lacks the deft characterisation of a Isao Takahata film, the fantasy or epic nature of a lot of Hayao Miyazaki’s work, so it comes across as something of a lesser work. The contrast between the…