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5. "The Secret World of Arrietty" (2010, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
Like "Howl's Moving Castle," "Arrietty" also took a modern classic of English children's literature as its source, fusing it happily with Ghibli's Eastern watercolor lyricism. Mary Norton's "The Borrowers" had already been filmed, slightly too cutely, in live-action form with John Goodman in 1997, but Hiromasa Yonebayashi -- the youngest-ever director of a Ghibli feature -- brings a grace and poetry to this quiet tale of friendship forged between those with opposite perspectives of the world around them, as well as some ravishing spectacle: without the aid of whizzy digital effects, the film conjures genuine magic in its manipulation of sense and scale.