Spirited Away

Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

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When I was introduced to Spirited Away, I only saw a couple short snippets of the movie; not enough to get the storyline or plot, but there was something about it that drew me in. I couldn't forget about it and kept looking forward to when I could get the DVD and sit down for the whole show. It didn't disappoint. The animation was wonderful and the characters, especially Chihiro, were so engaging and likable. It's rare that animation invokes such a strong connection with the audience. The story was involved and intelligent, the storytelling ingenious and exceptionally well-paced. It's a great movie that you can let the kids watch with you. I watched it with subtitles as there were no english dub options available yet. Why a movie of this quality hasn't seen more run in the US market is a mystery. The movie fans are really being cheated by the studios who aren't putting this movie forward. Spirited Away was easily the most engaging, original work of animation this year. It should be a hands-down Oscar winner in the Animation category.

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I watched Spirited Away in Summer 2002 in Asia and I just knew that it will draw much of American's attention. Not to mention, it was one of the most popular movies that season when it was released. You will be pleasantly surprised by bundle of fascinating renderings in this animation. Overall, storyline is beyond our imagination and you'll absolutely fall in love with this movie!

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by vadryn on 2/24/2003

When I was introduced to Spirited Away, I only saw a couple short snippets of the movie; not enough to get the storyline or plot, but there was something about it that drew me in. I couldn't forget about it and kept looking forward to when I could get the DVD and sit down for the whole show. It didn't disappoint. The animation was wonderful and the characters, especially Chihiro, were so engaging and likable. It's rare that animation invokes such a strong connection with the audience. The story was involved and intelligent, the storytelling ingenious and exceptionally well-paced. It's a great movie that you can let the kids watch with you. I watched it with subtitles as there were no english dub options available yet. Why a movie of this quality hasn't seen more run in the US market is a mystery. The movie fans are really being cheated by the studios who aren't putting this movie forward. Spirited Away was easily the most engaging, original work of animation this year. It should be a hands-down Oscar winner in the Animation category. Read More

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A must move in your Disney collection!!!!

by Monkeykong22@hotmail.com on 4/14/2003

I have to say that Spirited Away is one of the best animated movies I've seen for the year 2002. Mr. Miyazaki out done himself again with another of his masterpiece since Princess Mononoke. Spirited Away is a very funny, charming and sweetie movie. Both kid and parent will love this movie, definitely for all ages. Highly recommended, add this to your Disney collection. Read More

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Product Overview

In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters: where humans are changed into animals: and a bathhouse for these creatures.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40218127
UPC 786936213843
UPC 14 00786936213843
Format DVD
Release Date 2/22/2005
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Animals
Animation
Anime
Disney Film
Essential Cinema
Japan
Supernatural
Theatrical Release
Witches
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
New York Times "...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 p.E11
Los Angeles Times "...This visual wonder is the product of a fierce and fearless imagination whose creations are unlike any you've seen before..." 09/20/2002 p.C1
USA Today "...Elements of Eastern religions and Japanese legends add to the otherworldly, magical quality of the film..." 09/20/2002 p.7E
Entertainment Weekly "...A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance..." 09/27/2002 p.57
Variety "...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 p.25
Box Office "...The film unfolds like an enchanted hybrid of Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist....The illustrations are richly textured..." 11/01/2002 p.151
Chicago Sun-Times "...This is the best animated film of recent years....Delightful and enchanting..." 04/06/2003 p.5
Sight and Sound "...Remarkable....It has some splendid gags....The film's opening demonstrates the cross-cultural universality of fairy tales..." 09/01/2003 p.34-64
Wall Street Journal "[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
Directors
Hayao Miyazaki
Actors
Name Miyazaki,Hayao
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Daveigh Chase - Actor
Jason Mardsen - Actor
John Ratzenberger - Actor
Lauren Holly - Actor
Michael Chiklis - Actor
Susan Egan - Actor
Suzanne Pleshette - Actor
Tara Strong - Actor
Hayao Miyazaki - Director
Takeshi Seyama - Editor
Donald W. Ernst - Producer
Toshio Suzuki - Producer
Hayao Miyazaki - Writer
Donald H. Hewitt - Writer
Cindy Davis Hewitt - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 29781
UPC 00786936213843
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 132 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, Japanese
Aspect Ratio
2.0:1
Awards
Oscar (2003) Hayao Miyazaki, Winner, Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Spirited Away is as gently frightening and superbly enchanting as any movie I can remember. It's a combination of the best of Miyazaki: the warm, child-friendly Totoro and Kiki and the fantastic, cruel and more adult Mononoke. I admit I didn't warm to Mononoke as much as some of my colleagues did, but Spirited Away easily trumps it. It's a masterpiece, and undoubtedly one of the year's best films.
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Reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Miyazaki's drawing style, which descends from the classical Japanese graphic artists, is a pleasure to regard, with its subtle use of colors, clear lines, rich detail and its realistic depiction of fantastical elements. He suggests not just the appearances of his characters, but their natures. Apart from the stories and dialogue, Spirited Away is a pleasure to regard just for itself. This is one of the year's best films.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Miyazaki does not dumb down Spirited Away, even though his stated target audience is children. This is a true family film, in that adults will be as enchanted by the characters and situations as children will. The pace is a little slower than the average animated film - there is not as much frantic action - but not so languid that younger viewers will become restless. The dubbing into English is very good (as is voice selection), so there is no subtitle barrier. Overall, while Spirited Away may not be as complex and imaginative as Princess Mononoke in some areas, it is as beautifully rendered and no less sophisticated in its outlook. Miyazaki has provided another triumph, and, in the midst of the quality fall-off of Disney's in-house animated projects, a reason for animation-lovers to rejoice.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Japanese
Product Attributes
Actor Miyazaki,Hayao
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
The New York Times A masterpiece, pure and simple.
Washington Post Spectacularly inventive.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times To enter the world of Hayao Miyazaki is to experience a kind of lighthearted enchantment that is unique to the world of animation.
David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter One of world cinema's most wondrously gifted artists and storytellers.
Don Irvine, Globe And Mail Spirited Away has the quality of a dream: It takes you places so foreign and fantastic you have no option but to yield completely to it and be spirited along.
Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card It's a beautiful experience, nearly perfect with a fragile flowing fluid score.
C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle A lovely, evocative tour de force.

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