Probably the best animated film ever, and like all Miyazaki's work is long. Not the usual dismal 70 minutes Disney give us nowadays, but three times that, and not just quantity, it's quality.It lngers in the mind and makes you watch it again, and again. Indeed it makes you collect all the others by Studio Ghibli- anyway that's the way it grabbed my attention. There are things here that are so incredibly inventive, so strange, yet they all come together. This is what cartoons should be about- to create worlds and things that normally cannot happen- but then if you can draw it, it happens. The music by the director's usual collaborator, Joe Hisaishi, is incredibly vibrant and adds another dimension to the action. On CD alone it's a work of art by itself. There are Hollywood stars who dub the voices into English; there are plays on words here at one level; there is the trauma of moving house; finding a deserted place- a favourite Miyazaki theme; it is episodic and each scene full of wonder. And here am I reviewing something that is supposed to be for children, and I am raving about it. That's the wonder of SPIRITED AWAY. It won the Oscar in 2003 for best animated film, and quite rightly so. All drawings were done on cell, with no computers. The slow way, the time honoured way. This is something so wonderful it should be made available on the National Health so people can reawaken their inner selves, and relive the joy of being young again.
My children think it is pretty good, too. The best cartoon they have seen ever.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play 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&39;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 hotel 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&39;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&39;s ALICE IN WONDERLAND SPIRITED AWAY continues Miyazaki&39;s streak of groundbreaking animated films that also includes PRINCESS MONONOKE and MY NEIGHBOUR 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
Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this fantasy adventure about Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl who is leaving behind everything she knows to move with her parents to a new home. Along the way, they stumble across a tunnel that leads to a spooky, deserted open-air restaurant where Chihiro's parents sit down and begin to eat. But she is uncomfortable with their new surroundings and wanders off to explore further. She meets a boy, Haku, who explains to her that the world they have entered is a holiday resort for spirits who have left behind their exhausting earthly duties. After discovering that her greedy parents have been turned into pigs, she learns the number one rule of the new world she is now part of: laziness is not tolerated, and only working hard can enable her to break the spell on her parents. With its fantastical critique of an adult world of capitalism and wasteful consumption, entwined with the simple tale of a girl finding herself and learning to get by on her own, the film has been dubbed a modern-day 'Alice in Wonderland', and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.