Cecile Corbel is the french musician who composed the music for Arrietty. She sent a CD to Studio Ghibli in 2009, and they were so impressed that she was brought on board for their adaptation of Mary Norton's "The Borrowers." Her wonderful celtic music is one of my favorite things about this film.
If you're wondering why this song is being sung in Japanese, well, welcome to America. This is the song that plays during the closing credits in the Japanese version. Instead of that quiet, peaceful coda, Disney decided to Rick-Roll the movie with an unnecessary narration, followed by a wretched, Auto-Tuned mess. It's much more important to ruin another person's movie if it means advancing the careers of your fake plastic Barbie dolls, right?
And despite Disney's claims that this - to Rick-Roll Studio Ghibli - is what will make Arrietty a hit at the box office...The Secret World of Arrietty will finish with $20-25 million at the box office, only a little more than Ponyo. The Lorax will blaze past that on its first show. Mission: Failed.
On that happy note, enjoy Cecile Corbel, a real musician who sings and plays actual musical instruments - for real! No special effects required at all! Hard to believe in the age of American Idol and the Disney Channel, but such persons actually exist. Imagine that.