Spirited Away is a film directed by renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki. This was a critically acclaimed film, and even won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
This coming-of-age story revolves around a spoiled 10-year-old girl named Chihiro. She is unhappy about having to move to a new home and going to a new school. While heading to their new home, the family takes a detour and end up in another world, one that is populated by spirits. Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs, and she must find a way to survive in that world until she can rescue her parents. This is a very well-done story, and the animation is simply exquisite.
This DVD release includes a documentary about the film, the Nippon television special about the making of the film, a storyboard-to-scene comparison, a short documentary about dubbing in the English voices, and a collection of the original Japanese trailers for the film.
Spirited Away is an anime masterpiece, and it will definitely continue to be an anime classic well into the future.
There is so much that could be said about Hayao Miyazaki's incredible tale of a little girl lost in a new world, it's difficult to even know where to begin. Since others have already said so much, I'll try to keep it short."Spirited Away" has all the ingredients of a classic fairy tale, but told using a modern medium. In just over two hours, it accomplishes the admirable goal of establishing a new world, one experienced for the first time by the young human girl Chihiro, later called Sen. As first … more
This has become my favorite movie. I rented Sprited Away on thursday evening, watched it, with great amazement at today's advanced animation technology. I couldn't get it out of my head all week, untill I finally bought it. The animation is superb, the characters really grow on you ( Chihiro is adorable, as she grws greatly as a person, alongside with a bunch of whacky characters that make you laugh and cry at the same time)I loved the lenght of this movie, so anyone who thinks that … more
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The highest grossing film in Japanese box-office history (more than $234 million), Hayao Miyazaki'sSpirited Away(Sen To Chihiro Kamikakushi) is a dazzling film that reasserts the power of drawn animation to create fantasy worlds. Like Dorothy inThe Wizard of Ozand Lewis Carroll's Alice, Chihiro (voice by Daveigh Chase--Lilo in Disney'sLilo & Stitch) plunges into an alternate reality. On the way to their new home, the petulant adolescent and her parents find what they think is a deserted amusement park. Her parents stuff themselves until they turn into pigs, and Chihiro discovers they're trapped in a resort for traditional Japanese gods and spirits. An oddly familiar boy named Haku (Jason Marsden) instructs Chihiro to request a job from Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshette), the greedy witch who rules the spa. As she works, Chihiro's untapped qualities keep her from being corrupted by the greed that pervades Yubaba's mini-empire. In a series of fantastic adventures, she purges a river god suffering from human pollution, rescues the mysterious No-Face, and befriends Yubaba's kindly twin, Zeniba (Pleshette again). The resolve, bravery, and love Chihiro discovers within herself enable her to aid Haku and save her parents. The result is a moving and magical journey, told with consummate skill by one of the masters of contemporary animation. MPAA Rated: PG ("Some scary moments")--Charles Solomon