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Originally produced as a motion picture in 2001.
Special features: special introduction by John Lasseter; the art of "Spirited away"; The Nippon Television special; select storyboard-to-scene comparision; voice talent featurette; original Japanese trailers.
English language voices: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden, Lauren Holly, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Chiklis, Tara Strong.
When a young girl gets trapped in a strange new world of spirits, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and rescue her parents.
DVD, Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound, Region 1 encoding.
This is one of my favorites of Miyazaki's films. All of his films are brilliant, but this one, "Castle in the Sky", and "Howl's Moving Castle" are my favorites. The cinematography that Miyazaki manages to create through his animation is just phenomenal and amazing. I'm always spellbound when I watch a new movie for the first time (or first few dozen times!). These are movies I like to own so I can watch them again and again and share them with friends and family.
In this particular story, we watch Chihiro learn to gather her courage, stop whining, and do the things that must be done to save her family from the Spirit Realm. It's a wonderful story about courage, responsibility, doing things without whining/complaining and learning how to grow up to take care of yourself and those around you. The characters that are a part of the Spirit Realm are imaginative, fascinating, and yet completely believable (if you believe in a Spirit Realm). While the imagery and storyline may be slightly frightening to younger children, I highly recommend this for any family with children around ages 7 and up.
Wow! This movie is so good. The plot, animation, everything about this movie is good. It tells a story about a girl in a magical world working for a bathhouse. As the story progresses Chihiro grows stronger. I have seen this movie so many times and I still haven't gotten bored of it! Strongly rocommend it!!!!! ^3^
Spritied Away has been one of my favorite Miyazaki films since childhood. It is relevant for a person of any age however, because the story is strong and the movie does not solely focus on animation (although that is good too!)
submitted by xoxobrenda on June 28, 2011, 11:48 am
This film was really creepy when I first watched it. The spirits, throwing up, and parents transforming into pigs all together just creeped me out...but upon the second time watching it, I saw it so differently. Because it's about courage, confronting, family. The bonds we make with the people we meet, how to reach a goal, helping others. There's a special mystique that you feel. I have loved this movie ever since, so watch it at least twice! :)
This is not merely a successful fantasy film, but it also gives you the idea of Japanese ancient myths, in which many kinds of deities, especially in Mother Nature, are depicted sometimes as fearful and sometimes comical entities. It's really interesting to see all those unique characters that Miyazaki created and visualized with the essence of such myths. Of course, ignoring all those myths, this film is all the same lovable. I'm sure everybody can enjoy it.
A charming, warm growing-up film. Like Miyazaki's other films, not only is the story wonderful, but the inclusion of all the little details makes it even more realistic even in such a fantastical world as the Spirit Realm. A must-see family film.