Spirited Away is an incredible masterpiece of a movie. The art, direction, cinematography, and animation quality were intensely good. Even the dubbing was fantastic, and I very seldom like dubbing.
It begins in a car. And we all know what happens then. Well ok. most of us know what happens then.
"excuse me....i think maybe you've forgotten me back here. could i have some water? it's very cramped. I can't see or feel my toes. Have you seen them? maybe could we move some of these boxes? i think i'm allergic to flowers. is anybody up there? excuse me?....."
Chihiro is a very whiny child. Just like the one in the actual car on the actual I-5 so long ago. And she's bratty. But over the course of the movie she starts to grow up and take responsibility for herself and to save her parents. Even there are some semi-frightening scenes in this movie, it is still one whose target audience is actually children. Miyazaki said in an interview about SA that he wanted children to learn through watching one little girl who is left alone in a scary place and how she counters her own fear and makes new friends. And even finds love with a gorgeous fun water dragon. (laughs. Ah Michele and her incessant and improbable love of anime boys.)
There are so many really good parts to this movie and I don't really want to give away any more than I have because I think everybody should see this movie.
THIS MEANS YOU, UNCLE SAM.
It's even better than Princess Mononoke. It's like a cross between the scary/mystical of PM and the cutesy of My Neighbor Totoro. But most of all it's just a wonderful, wonderful movie. And it's currently playing in the Dome. So go, go, GO!
Posted by michele at October 08, 2002 11:41 AM