Spirited Away (2001)

Basic Summary – In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

If you ask anyone about this film, usually they’ll remember something about it. If you ask someone what film to watch and this is one of the options – they’ll usually pick this one. Spirited Away is such a classic film made by Hayao Miyazaki and dubbed in English by Walt Disney Studios.

The animation in the film is beautiful – every detail is done perfectly, the individual people are so unique. No two are the same (well…maybe two). I love the main plot of the story, but also the subplots. The story doesn’t focus on a girl falling in love with a boy, instead it falls with the theme of love and familial love. It does demostrate that love will get you through almost all situations.

The only problem I could find with the entire film is a general problem when it comes to dubbing any foreign film. For the most part all the actors do justice to the role, but sometimes it comes off whinier than intended.

All in all, it is a worthy film to watch. Maybe even own since it is near to impossible to find it anywhere without paying for it.


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