Spirited Away (2002)
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 Lin [USA Version]
as Chihiro's Mother, Yuko
as Chihiro's mother, Yugo
as Assistant Manager
as Frog man
as Baby Boh
as River God
as School principal
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Critic Reviews for Spirited Away
Knock me down with a feather, it turns out to be terrific; maybe not a masterpiece, but certainly aglitter with invention, excitement and a mysterious kind of wit.
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.
Audience Reviews for Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki's take on the 'Alice in Wonderland' concept is another bizarre but charmingly enchanting classic that went on to become one of the highest-grossing Japanese films of all time. Stunningly vibrant animation, a mysterious spirit world that bursts with imagination and wonder, memorable characters, subtle dark undertones (examination of human greed and the anxiety of moving into a new home), and a great score by Joe Hisaishi. A delightful and sincere masterpiece for people of all ages.
"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.
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