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Spirited Away
- Rumi Hiiragi

Overview - Directed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, SPIRITED AWAY is the tale of Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase), a young girl who is taken down an unusual road by her parents while moving to a new home in an unfamiliar town. The curiosity of Chihiro's mother (Lauren Holly) and father (Michael Chiklis) leads the reluctant child into what appears to be an abandoned amusement park.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Directed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, SPIRITED AWAY is the tale of Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase), a young girl who is taken down an unusual road by her parents while moving to a new home in an unfamiliar town. The curiosity of Chihiro's mother (Lauren Holly) and father (Michael Chiklis) leads the reluctant child into what appears to be an abandoned amusement park. Soon her parents are greedily feasting on various delights from an enticing food stand and are literally turned into pigs. The frightened and bewildered girl then encounters a young man named Haku (Jason Marsden), who explains what she must do to navigate this strange and magical realm. Finding employment in a bathhouse for spirits and other odd characters--including kimono-wearing frogs, lumbering tentacled monsters, and a mysterious apparition named No Face--Chihiro attempts to figure out how she can free her parents from the clutches of the resort's owner, a powerful witch named Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshette). In the process, she makes some very eccentric friends--and has to deal with some notoriously stinky customers. A surreal adventure reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SPIRITED AWAY continues Miyazaki's streak of groundbreaking animated films that also includes PRINCESS MONONOKE and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO. Succeeding MONONOKE as the most successful film in Japanese cinema history, this charming movie follows its own bizarre yet engaging logic as it reveals a cast of fascinating characters and jaw-dropping settings through stunningly beautiful hand-crafted animation. A movie experience like no other, SPIRITED AWAY is sure to enchant audiences of all ages, leaving viewers grinning with a giddy sense of wonderment.

Awards:
2003 - Academy Awards - Best Animated Feature Film Winner

Cast List

Joe Hisaishi - Composer
Hayao Miyazaki - Japanese director, SPIRITED AWAY
Daveigh Chase - Actress, S. DARKO, LILO & STITCH (2002)
Michael Chiklis - Actor
Susan Egan
Suzanne Pleshette - American TV/film actress, THE BIRDS, BOB NEWHART SHOW (1972)
Lauren Holly - Film/TV actress
John Lasseter - American director, TOY STORY
John Ratzenberger - Actor, CHEERS
David Ogden Stiers - American actor
Jason Marsden - American Supporting Actor

 
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    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 786936846188
  • Genre: Anime
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: June 2015

Related Categories:
Movies > Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Animation
Animals
Supernatural
Theatrical Release
Disney Film
Anime
Japan
Witches
Essential Cinema

 
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Theatrical release: September 20, 2002

Reviews:
"...The beauty of the animation, a skillful blend of hand-painted foreground and well-placed computer background, works to generate the storytelling..." - 09/20/2002 New York Times, p.E11


"...This visual wonder is the product of a fierce and fearless imagination whose creations are unlike any you've seen before..." - 09/20/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...Elements of Eastern religions and Japanese legends add to the otherworldly, magical quality of the film..." - 09/20/2002 USA Today, p.7E


"...A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance..." - 09/27/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.57


"...Miyazaki's comic touches and often astounding flights of fantasy -- enhanced by Joe Hisaishi's thankfully intact score -- still win the day..." - 09/23/2002 Variety, p.25


"...The film unfolds like an enchanted hybrid of Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist....The illustrations are richly textured..." - 11/01/2002 Box Office, p.151


"...This is the best animated film of recent years....Delightful and enchanting..." - 04/06/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"...Remarkable....It has some splendid gags....The film's opening demonstrates the cross-cultural universality of fairy tales..." - 09/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.34-64


"[A] masterpiece of modern animation....10-year-old Chihiro finds herself alone in an alternate universe that, for all its exotic trappings, could be a hinterland of Wonderland or Oz." - 05/29/2009 Wall Street Journal

 
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