Last week an utterly baffling argument concerning the political leanings of The Muppets exploded onto the screens of bored internet surfers everywhere. Fox executive Eric Bolling cried foul play against the fluffy activists’ poisonous left-wing leanings, suggesting that apparently anti-capitalist puppets couldn’t help but influence the minds of our most impressionable generation.The world responded with derision, and rightly so. But no matter the catalyst, it’s a question worth asking – what message are our kids getting from our current cinematic output?
Studio Ghibli has done it again. Arrietty, inspired by the Borrowers novels of Mary Norton, is an incomparably beautiful story which effortlessly draws the viewer into a rarified world where a bay leaf makes a decent raincoat and cockroaches are the size of (shiny, aggressive and antennaed) Shetland ponies. Delicate, thoughtful and visually unmatched by almost anything we can think of, this is a very special film indeed.