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Show: Spirited Away (2001)  
Review by: Animetique
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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece, Spirited Away is the highest grossing film in Japanese box-office history and it has currently been released in the US by Disney. The story revolves around 10 year old Chihiro, who, much to her disliking, is being forced to move to a new city with her parents. She doesn't take the news very well, and isn't feeling much better by her parents' point of view. On the way to their new home, the family takes a wrong turn and ends up by a tunnel. They decide to explore and end up at what appears to be an abandoned town filled with lots of wonderful food to eat.

Chihiro watches in dismay as her parents chow down and after refusing to eat with them, decides to explore the town herself. As night sets in, a boy named Haku warns her to take her parents and leave this place at once. If they don't make it out of town by the time the sun sets, they will be trapped there. As Chihiro makes her way back to her parents, she finds that, to her horror, her parents are no longer humans, but pigs. She refuses to leave them and ends up stuck in the spirit world.

Haku finds her again and helps her get a job with the witch who owns the factory, Yu-baba, so she can stay in the spirit world as humans aren't allowed there. However, to stay there, she must give up her name. What unfolds is a mythical Buddhist tale of Chihiro's adventures in this new world, with nothing really as it seems. One of the story's major strengths is that it reaches beyond the classic good vs evil cliché to explore a world where everyone has good and not so good characteristics. The story is told mainly from Chihiro's point of view, so we can relate to how she feels alienated from her parents, to how embracing a new world and its inhabitants can be a scary but must do adventure, to how she wants to believe that everyone has best intentions.

Overall, this is a very good story with beautiful animation, but it's not your classic American fairy tale...


My Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

It's a Hayao Miyazaki film. You can only expect the best.


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

Very nice!

Character Design:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

When we think of epic myths, we tend to think of our hero protagonist being absolute good who must overcome his doubts and step up to the plate to fight the Big Baddie who wants to take over/ destroy the world. Well, you won't get that in this tale. Chihiro is very much the 10 year old girl who tries to do what she thinks is right in a world she doesn't understand with characters who have both good and flawed characteristics. It's a refreshing change.
Last Updated: 2/15/2007
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