Like Poppy Hill before it, there’s nothing terrifically wrong with Arrietty—it just lacks the magic of the great Studio Ghibli films, making it rather forgettable. It’s also sometimes dull. While beautiful colors, a foreshadowing of the spectacular animation to come of Yonebayashi in Mary and the Witch’s Flower, shine through in the film, and some of the action sequences are highly engaging, our hearts are never fully in it. Maybe that’s because we lack a loving connection to many of the characters, particularly to the pensive Sho. A nice watch, but one that’s lacking.