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Making of Spirited Away

Winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2003, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is one of the most impressive animated features ever. This is Ghibli Studio’s bold contribution to children’s literature, an Alice in Wonderland or a Wizard of Oz for the Japanese set. Japanese animé at its finest, Spirited Away is guaranteed to delight hardcore devotees, and those who’ve yet to make an acquaintance with the best that the East has to offer. See it and marvel. 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. With none of the sentimentality of Disney nor the computerized sheen of Pixar, this traditional animé even blows the brilliant “Finding Nemo” out of the water. It’s epic story is more imaginative, rousing and luscious than anything American animation has produced since the halcyon days of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The workings of Miyazaki’s wild imagination are laid bare in set pieces like Chihiro’s attempt to bathe a ‘stink god’ – a slobbering mass of slime and grease who stinks the bathhouse out. His feel for the eccentric is even drawn into incidental characters like The Frog in a kimono, and the three disembodied green heads who roll around muttering to themselves.



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