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Angel's Movie Review - Spirited Away
(July 27, 2001)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki Producers: Toshio Suzuki
Key Words: Spirits,
Studio: Studio Ghibli Licensed American Publisher: Walt Disney Pictures
Time: 123 minutes
My Thoughts: Wow, this is a wonderful show. They really did a nice job. The story line is wonderful, a story about pretty much growing up and facing your fears. I guess you could also call it a way of showing how to become independent. Here we see a young girl, scared of change and pretty much sheltered by her parents, thrust into a place where she has to work hard and become self aware of just how she acts. The whole show is wonderful for children and adults alike.
Another idea that was brought up in JesuOtaku’s review and now that I think about it, it’s something I picked up on vagily as well was the idea of a the value of ones name showing who they really are. It’s shown with how hard Chihiro tries to remember her name. If someone tries to take away your name, it means they seem to take away who you really are. It’s a story line that has been brought up many times before. xxxHOLiC has spoken of this a lot and it’s in a lot of spiritual stories within Japan.
The artwork is astounding and you can really feel the love and attention that was given to this show. Even the detail of Chihiro putting her shoe on is done down to the small taps to make sure its on well enough. When people say how beautiful this movie is, they don’t exaggerate. I actually couldn’t find any problems with it in consistencies or loops. It is what it is and its nothing more or less then what you would expect in a well made film.
The voices are wonderful except for Chihiro, she just sounds a bit too whiny even when she grows up a little. She yells a lot and it pretty much throws me off when she is supposed to be gentler and thought full. I actually love how Haku sounds pretty young and gentle instead of harsh. Again, all the voices are Dubbed since I have not seen the sub.
Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirited_Away
May Also Like: Howl’s Moving Castle, Natsume Yuujinchou, Brave Story, Mushishi, Kamichu, The Cat Returns
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