Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Mononoke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land: one, she must work , as laziness of any kind is not tolerated; and two, she must take on the new moniker of Sen. If she forgets her real name, Haku tells her, then she will never be permitted to leave.~Jonathan Crow
Beind the Microphone
Nippon Television Special (DVD)
Original Theatrical Trailers
Donald H. Hewitt
Daveigh ChaseChihiro [USA Version]
Jason MarsdenHaku [USA Version]
Suzanne PleshetteYubaba/Zeniba [USA Version]
Susan EganLin [USA Version]
David Ogden StiersBoiler Room Man [USA Version]
Lauren HollyChihiro's mother [USA Version]
Tatsuya GasyuinFrog man
Michael ChiklisChihiro's father [USA Version]
Takashi NaitoChihiro's father, Akio
John RatzenbergerThe Bathhouse Manager [USA Version]
This is an excellent addition to any collector’s library - both in terms of how they produced the Steelbook as an item, and the movie itself.
If I had to recommend one Studio Ghibli movie to someone, I would recommend Spirited Away. Put simply it is a masterpiece. In a weird way, it’s a classic coming of age story about how one young girl must navigate the challenges of getting older and having to fend for herself. The protagonist gets separated from her parents and embarks on a journey in the spirit world where there is no well defined right or wrong, just different obstacles she must overcome.
The art style is captivating, as is the music. The quality of the animation in particular is stunning, it’s so smooth you could cut a butter knife through it.
The case itself has a simple, classic image of the “No Face” character, while the interior shows our protagonist, 10 year old Chihiro, kneeling against a backdrop of chaos. Inside the case is a small pamphlet type book with short reflections by the producer and director of the movie, which is a nice bonus.
I heartily recommend you get this, especially if you haven’t seen the movie before.
Great story with awesome background music! Every kid would love it!
This review is from Spirited Away [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A whimsical, beautiful fantasy by Studio Ghibli
Owned for 7 months when reviewed.
Spirited Away is probably the title people will tell you to watch when they recommend "Studio Ghibli". Studio Ghibli is an iconic animation studio that releases incredible movies. Directed by the Legendary Miyazaki, the movie centers around a 10 year old girl who is traveling with her parents to a new home. After the family is sidetracked, things go awry and not everything is what it seems! The village is transformed into a fantastical world where she needs to earn her keep and find a way back home. It's a beautiful movie for both children and adults to enjoy. It will give you a whole new perspective of what animation is capable of conveying if you are new to the medium.
Beautiful and scary in all the ways familiar to those who grew up with 80s fantasy films like The Dark Crystal and The Secret of NIMH, and an enthralling Alice in Wonderland coming-of-age story with a unique anime twist one could only credit to Hayao Miyazaki.
I have been a have been a huge fan of Studio Ghibli since the first time I discovered their animated movies. This happens to be the first of many that started my love for this genre. I enjoy reading the subtitles while listening to the English translations. The most important part about the art is that it goes beyond the simplicity of its character design. When you watch this movie, look past the characters and embrace the scenery that was created by the artists. The depth of colors that go into making a scene is amazing. I always enjoy the stars they get to do the voice-overs.
Got caught with the pork
But you gotta kill the cop in your thoughts
Still sayin' "Pause"
Negroes say they hate the cops
But the minute somethin' off, they wanna use force
I just work here, I'm not the boss (I'm not the boss)
I never bought in, so when it go left, it's no loss (No loss)
When they look back in history, make sure I'm absolved (Make sure)