Spirited Away (2001)
Critic Consensus: Spirited Away is a dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously drawn fairy tale that will leave viewers a little more curious and fascinated by the world around them.
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as Chihiro Ogino
as Master Haku
as Chihiro's father, Akio
as Chihiro's Mother, Yuko
as Assistant Manager
as Chihiro's Father
as Chihiro's Mother
as Assistant Manager
as Lin [USA Version]
as Chihiro's mother, Yugo
as Frog man
as Baby Boh
as Foreman of the frog men
as River God
as School principal
Critic Reviews for Spirited Away
Artful but not arty, Spirited Away is a handcrafted cartoon, as personal as an Utamaro painting, yet its breadth and heart give it an appeal that should touch American viewers of all ages.
The result is nothing less than magical, a throwback to the very best of early Disney. If I can't remember the last time I was this enchanted by an animated film, it's because I was too young.
It's an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that's meticulously composed and obscenely clever.
Miyazaki's luminescent, gorgeously realized world is relatively safe for children, but it also acknowledges blood, pain, dread, and death in ways that other animated films wouldn't dare.
Spirited Away has much to say about many worthy things: the life of the spirit, materialist greed, the importance of words, the power of love.
Audience Reviews for Spirited Away
"Spirited Away" follows Chihiro as she moves to a new town with her family. Upon discovering this new world after losing track of direction, he parents become pigs (literally) and she must accept this world she has been born into, along with the name "Sin" that has been given to her. Discovering answers she needs to get out and how people and things are much more than they seem to be, her character transforms more than any child character I have had the pleasure of viewing in a long time. "Spirited Away" may not be one of the best Miyazaki films I have seen, but it is certainly a great one. With a whole lot of heart, twists, and lessons, this is one film you surely shouldn't miss. I have to fault the film for taking a little too much time as her character of "Sin" as she works to being released from this world. Everything else was developed wonderfully, I just feel this film could have shaved off ten to fifteen minutes. In the end, this is a great film with an really good story and beautiful animation.
Breath-taking, magical animation and a story with a big heart; and though I'm still not sure I understood the premise, exactly, this was a beautiful film to watch, brilliantly drawn and animated.
A sprawling epic concerning a young girl and her parents who stumble upon a mysterious ghost town while moving to another city. When he parents are turned into pigs and the girl is forced to survive on her own, she is faced with the difficult task of growing up fast and learning how to take care of herself while constantly having to prove she can stand up for herself when the town becomes inhabited by a variety of creatures, some abusive, some not. This animated film is a sensational one, a movie so full of creativity and wonder that also possesses some darker undertones not often seen in movies like this. It is considered one of the best animated movies ever, and I can see why, given the original story and flat-out phenomenal execution on just about every creative level.
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