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Now I have noticed several people on this site comparing Spirited to Disney. Everyone seems to agree that it is nothing like Disney, because it is scary. Some parents even go so far to say that Spirited is inappropriate for children. Let me just say that you are all both right and wrong on this issue. Spirited Away is nothing like Disney as it is NOW. However, if you look at classics like Snow White, and especially Pinocchio, you'll see that these films have much more in common with Spirited Away than with, say, Hercules, or Tarzan. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who claims that Spirited is too scary for children ought to remember what Disney used to be like. In Snow White, the wicked Queen ordered the huntsman to cut out Snow White's heart. Even more telling, in Pinocchio, the main character ends up on an island for wicked children, who are mercilessly transformed into beasts and sold into slavery.Read more ›
It is Chihiro's spirit that steers her through these uncharted waters. We watch her discover in herself and exhibit, tentatively at first but with growing confidence, all of the virtues a fairy-tale hero must learn: resourcefulness, compassion, politeness (hey, this *is* Japanese!) and courage. Because we've witnessed her ordinary beginnings, we identify with and believe in all her emerging qualities. It's all done with a deft matter-of-fact touch that never cloys and never preaches. The animation is quietly dazzling. The plot is dense and full of surprises. The symbolism is as exotic as a Shinto shrine, and as familiar as the echos set up by the best fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen or old Russia.
The cream of American animation for children in recent years - films like Aladdin or Monsters Inc - have drawn in audiences with screenplays written on a double track: a simple, comforting story for the kids, and a long series of nods and winks over the kids' heads to the adults, catering to our sense of irony and patting us on the back for catching all the topical and cinematic references. And that's been fun as far as it goes.Read more ›
Spirited Away is a fantastic and deep movie, with characters that feel very much alive, even though they're obviously animated drawings. Miyazaki, the director, deliberately instructed his animators to focus on the tiny human details of everyday actions, such as eating. The animators were actually in the studio's cafeteria, filming their coworkers. This attention to detail is what makes the movie come alive. Chihiro sits down and carefully inches her way down a steep stairway on the outside of a building. Chihiro's mother bites a strip of meat off a cooked bird, and pulls sideways with her jaw, not straight out. (The meat doesn't streeeeetch and pop, either.) It just seems REAL.
And then, of course, the movie really begins and things get somewhat surreal. The parade of creatures crossing the bridge is just the beginning: Robed figures wearing masks and holding fans in front of their faces, creatures that appear to be giant chickadees, weird monster-like creatures with tusks and horns and green hair. And they're being welcomed by humanish frogs. And that's just the beginning of the movie.
But, at the same time, with all these fantastic spirits and creatures, the movie maintains its human element: Chihiro. She is the only real human in most of the movie, and it is her ability to adapt, and to care, that propels the story. Chiriho grows. She learns that she has to make it on her own initiative if she wants to get what she needs.Read more ›
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Expect nothing less from the master, Hayao Miyazaki. This classic is one of his best masterpieces. A seemingly children's story with more depth than meets the eye.Published 11 days ago by Emily Mandell
i love this movie since it came out in early 2000 one of my favorite animations of all time...Published 11 days ago by Raphael Garcia
Obviously this is an incredible movie, why are you reading reviews when you could be watching thisPublished 15 days ago by josh
Bought for a gift . They been looking for this dvd and was very excited to grt as a gift . They loved the movie .Published 17 days ago by Sherry
Anyone who is a fan and lover of animation has (and should) seen at least one film by Studio Ghibli, and its acclaimed writer and director, Hayao Miyazaki. Read morePublished 20 days ago by KarToon12
Looking for a video that you will love as much as your children? Look no further then this one, (and others by Hayao Miyazaki).Published 20 days ago by Neil B
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Especially with the "The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki (Amazon Exclusive)" set now available on Blu-Ray, I'm wondering why this is not also available on Amazon Instant Video. It would be a great addition my kids' video library. [[ASIN:B0117V8BX8 The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki... Read More
Nov 19, 2015 by Dennis & Veronica | See all 2 posts
|Miyazaki's movies instantly?||
The works from great anime directors like Hayao Miyazaki, Hideaki Anno, or Shinji Aramaki (to name a few) should be made available for download purchases for my kindle. I fly a lot and to have great films like these on my kindle makes flight so much more agreeable.
Jul 23, 2013 by Bakersdirtydozen | See all 2 posts
This is definitely one of my faves, but I keep coming back a lot to Omohide Poro Poro. I don't know why, but the story is so deep and the characters are excellent. The music is great (by folk band Muzsikas), and the backgrounds are stunning, so lovely!
So, my top three are:
1.- Omohide Poro... Read More
Jul 31, 2007 by Pancho Pantera | See all 18 posts
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I read somewhere that Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke will be the last ones released. They release some Studio Ghibli movies twice a year(I think it was Spring & Fall). So estimate is probably in late 2014.
May 18, 2013 by Kris K | See all 4 posts
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Appleseed Ex Machina
Origin Spirits of the Past
Shinobi (not anime but live action - highly recommended based on Basilisk)
Howls Moving Castle
Jul 7, 2009 by Lex Cardentey | See all 2 posts
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