I've only seen one movie alone...totally worth it.
I don't like ghibli much these days, and while i'm curious about this one, i'm not curious enough to spend on it. Guaranteed i'm missing on some "food gorging" scene and maybe some sorry of magical goop that's been in the last few flicks, and some old woman who they've enjoyed animating since Howl's Moving Castle.
Most people hate my general passing nod of ghibli, they're usually revered otherwise fir someraison.
I know exactly what you're talking about, but they actually didn't have any of that. The elders look totally different, for one, and there's no real gooping aside from single-drop tiny tea cups.
Honestly, this is my fave film from the studio in a long time. Just saw it the other night with a friend of mine, and we both agree it was gorgeous. The opening moments were wonderful, the backgrounds so luscious and vibrant, and the story was sweet. Great voice-acting by the North American cast, and the music was great. It was weird, the music and backgrounds combined made me really want to play Rune Factory Frontier for some reason. The soundtrack was a nice change from a lot of the usual piano-heavy soundtracks they've had of late, too. And I dunno' if I just failed to notice in the past, but their attention to audio detail was really impeccable in this film. I mean, I have noticed some of the little things since Mononoke, from rain drops on rocks to distant hammering of iron and such, but I feel like they made a concious effort to make it really clear that these little people got into every little detail, and heard the sounds of humans so much bigger, more profoundly. That sounded odd... but hopefully you know what I mean?
Finally, I adore Arietty's family's home. So amazingly cozy.
GO SEE IT!