Spirited Away is an Oscar winning Japanese animated film about a ten year old girl who wanders away from her parents along a path that leads to a world ruled by strange and unusual monster-like animals. Her parents have been changed into pigs along with others inside a bathhouse full of these creatures. Will she ever see the world how it once was?
|Release Date||:||July 20, 2001|
|Genres||:||Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Family|
|Production Company||:||Walt Disney Pictures, Tokuma Shoten, DENTSU Music And Entertainment, Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV), Studio Ghibli, Tohokushinsha Film, Buena Vista International, Mitsubishi Commercial Affairs|
|Casts||:||Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tatsuya Gashûin, Yumi Tamai, Yo Oizumi, Koba Hayashi, Tsunehiko Kamijô, Takehiko Ono, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Bunta Sugawara, Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers, Lauren Holly, Michael Chiklis, John Ratzenberger, Tara Strong, Mickie McGowan, Sherry Lynn, Jack Angel, Mona Marshall, Bob Bergen, Candi Milo, Rodger Bumpass, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Jennifer Darling, Philip Proctor, Paul Eiding, Jim Ward|
|Plot Keywords||:||zug, witch, parents kids relationship, freizeitpark, magic, twilight, darkness, village and town, bath house, pig, ghost world, biology, studio ghibli, yokai|
Personally, I've never seen anything as original in an animated film as in this deeply mythical fairytale. What a surreal idea for a movie! It's hard to find an adequate description (because I also don't want to spoil this in the slightest way) but this film has a sense of 'otherness' to it - for lack of a better word - like none I've ever seen. And the strange, mythical nature of this film - apart from the amazing artwork - is probably one of the main reasons for its appeal to me.
Maybe the themes of the story don't feel quite as strange to an eastern audience because they fit to a certain degree with some eastern/Asian mythologies - to me, this beautiful piece of wonder was something new. And a profoundly moving experience.
Outstanding animation; funny, weird, scary and touching at the same time, this unique work of art is one I can't recommend enough. 10 out of 10.
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