Monday, 30 January 2012

Spirited Away Review

Spirited Away

Release Date: 12th December 2002 - Australia

Production Companies
Studio Ghibli
Nippon Television Network (NTV)
DENTSU Music and Entertainment
Tokuma Shoten
Buena Vista International (English Dub)
Tohokushinsha Film
Mitsubishi Commercial Affairs

Madman Entertainment (all-media)

Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Runtime: 125 minutes

Budget: Y1,900,000,000

Box Office Gross: $274,925,095

Plot Summary
Spirited Away tells the tale of
a 10-year old named Chihiro.
Moving to a new suburb with
her parents, they take a
shortcut and end up in a
strange town. When Chihiro's
parents eat some strange food
which turns them both into pigs,
she discovers the town is
populated with gods and
monsters and ruled by an evil
witch. With the help of a
mysterious boy, Haku, Chihiro
must find a way to break the
spell on her parents and help
the three of them escape.

Voice Cast (English Version)
Daveigh Chase - Chihiro Ogino
Jason Marsden - Haku
Suzanne Pleshette - Yubaba/Zeniba
David Ogden Stiers - Kamaji
Bob Bergen - No-Face
Susan Egan - Lin
Tara Strong - Boh
John Ratzenberger - Aniyaku
Michael Chiklis - Akio Ogino
Lauren Holly - Yuko Ogino

Writer/Director - Hayao Miyazaki
Director (English Version) - Kirk Wise
Adaptation: English Version - Cindy Davis
Hewitt & Donald H. Hewitt
Producers - Toshio Suzuki & Donald W.
Ernst (English Version)
Executive Producer: English Version - John
Production Designer - Norobu Yoshida
Color Designer - Michiyo Yasuda
Cinematography - Atsushi Okui
Film Editors - Takeshi Seyama & Rich
Mackay (English Version)
Music - Joe Hisaishi


2003 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - Hayao Miyazaki (Won)

SPIRITED AWAY is a beautiful but really an artistically anime movie that is so far brilliant. I positively review the direction by Hayao Miyazaki who made it this film into a masterpiece that is so loved and well-acclaimed. I didn't know that the character of Chihiro sounded like the one out of LILO & STITCH (click here) which is because that it was voiced by Daveigh Chase out of the English version. For those who are interested in anime or loved Miyazaki's work, SPIRITED AWAY is not just the only one to win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but also the only 2D film to receive that award.

I can't say that I loved SPIRITED AWAY, but it is a great anime film for anyone who might want to comment on it.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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