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Spirited Away (2002)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki     Starring: Miyazaki,Hayao
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40218127
UPC: 786936213843
UPC 14: 00786936213843
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"A masterpiece, pure and simple.  The New York Times
"Spectacularly inventive.  Washington Post
"To enter the world of Hayao Miyazaki is to experience a kind of lighthearted enchantment that is unique to the world of animation.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
"One of world cinema's most wondrously gifted artists and storytellers.  David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter
"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.  Don Irvine, Globe And Mail
"It's a beautiful experience, nearly perfect with a fragile flowing fluid score.  Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"A lovely, evocative tour de force.  C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Japanese

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/22/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 132 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 29781
Video UPC UPC: 00786936213843
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.0:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Daveigh Chase
Video Cast Info Jason Mardsen
Video Cast Info John Ratzenberger
Video Cast Info Lauren Holly
Video Cast Info Michael Chiklis
Video Cast Info Susan Egan
Video Cast Info Suzanne Pleshette
Video Cast Info Tara Strong
Video Cast Info Hayao Miyazaki - Director
Video Cast Info Takeshi Seyama - Editor
Video Cast Info Donald W. Ernst - Producer
Video Cast Info Toshio Suzuki - Producer
Video Cast Info Hayao Miyazaki - Writer
Video Cast Info Donald H. Hewitt - Writer
Video Cast Info Cindy Davis Hewitt - Writer


Oscar (2003)
Video Award Name Hayao Miyazaki, Winner, Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Professional 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

"...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

San Francisco Examiner 10 of 10
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. - Jeffrey M. Anderson

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Miyazaki,Hayao
Product attributeLabel:   Buena Vista Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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