Fresh Air to a Stagnant Genre
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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