Even 60 years after first being published, Mary Norton’s The Borrowers books remain one of the most beloved children’s novel series ever written. The years have given us several adaptations, but what about an anime take on the adventures of the Clock family? That’s what Studio Ghibli has done with Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s The Secret World of Arrietty.
The Clock family lives in a very luxurious house, but it hardly occupies much of the space. You see, the Clocks are little people who actually try to keep their identities secret from humans. They’re also “borrowers,” meaning they raid the house when no one’s around and take various things that they need – things that won’t be missed by the humans, of course.