Today, Studio Ghibli’s latest release, The Secret World of Arrietty, hits American shores. Disney is giving it a surprisingly wide release; as with Ponyo, I was delighted to see commercials for the movie during regular (and popular) programming on television. As such, it’s being reviewed as any typical U.S. studio created animated film might be.
Todd Hertz of Christianity Today is among the film’s reviewers and like the majority (92% at Rotten Tomatoes), enjoys the film:
The Secret World of Arrietty is a celebration of the vibrant life surging all around us—a declaration of the countless stories being told all at once.
Hertz admires the film’s lush artwork, but also raves about the story, particularly the relationships reflected within it.
One of my favorite publications, Christianity Today reviews aren’t as conservative in their viewpoints as some other outlets. Yet, the publication remains focused on issues important to American Christians, such as the importance of family:
But overall, it’s hard to find many family films so authentic, so earnest, so supportive of family, and so honest about life’s joys and hardships.
I’m very glad to see a positive review of an anime film from such an important online Christian medium – it’s just another sign that Christianity nowadays doesn’t necessarily fit that prickly stereotype that many have of the faith and its practitioners.
Read the entire article at Christianity Today.