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From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema comes the most acclaimed film of 2002. Hayao Miyazaki's latest triumph, filled with astonishing animation and epic adventure, is a dazzling masterpiece for the ages. It's a "wonderfully welcoming work of art that's as funny and entertaining as it is brilliant, beautiful, and deep" (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal). SPIRITED AWAY is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story brimming with creativity, SPIRITED AWAY will take you on a journey beyond your imagination. "To enter the world of Hayao Miyazaki is to experience a kind of lighthearted enchantment that is unique to the world of animation" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). It's a fantastic tale the whole family will want to experience over and over again.~~(c) 2001 Nibariki -- GNDDTM
The most interesting extra feature on the two-disc set is the Nippon Television Special on the making of Spirited Away, not because it's significantly different from American making-of programs, but because the camera crew was allowed to film Miyazaki at work. It's fascinating to watch the visionary director explaining how individual movements should be animated, and even performing the little dance the frog-master does to welcome the No-Face to Yubaba's bath house. (Old animators describe Walt Disney giving similar performances, but no comparable footage exists.) It's also striking to see how intimate Studio Ghibli is, unencumbered by the tiers of management that burden American studios. The scene comparisons enable the viewer to study the storyboards for the film, which Miyazaki draws himself. These simple yet wonderfully vivid images capture the essence of a mood, a movement, an expression. "Behind the Microphone" offers a fairly standard behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the excellent English version of Spirited Away. --Charles Solomon
Probably my favorite Hayao Miyazaki movie and that's really saying something.Published 1 day ago by Ndawg
Best movie for a creative toddler.
I definitely made a good call on this one.
My teen loves this... If manga and anime are genres you enjoy. You will be happy with this. Has some good literary elements for those who are interested in more than just... Read morePublished 9 days ago by K Kujumdziev
I've always loved this movie, and decided to buy it for a friend's birthday. Thankfully, he likes it, too! The DVD arrived on time, and was perfectly packaged. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Alison G.
We all love this movie. We had it on vhs and had to buy it on dvd too!Published 12 days ago by Yvette Siglin
Beautiful, one of Miyazaki's best... and that's saying a lot! This and Princess Mononoke are my favorites by Studio Ghibli. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Andres F.
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|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
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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
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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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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Language: English, French
Jan 30, 2008 by The Screaming Scallop | See all 3 posts
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