An animated film created by Hayao Miyazaki. A Japanese family move from the city into the suburbs, and blunder through a tunnel into a leisure centre for demons and spirits. The parents are turned into pigs after gobbling up the witchy food, and 10-year old Chihiro finds herself working in the strangest bathhouse as she searches for a way to change her parents back.
The animation is old school compared with the computer animation
Hollywood produces. But perhaps because of this Spirited Away
more easily transports us into a magical world, where the
fantastic makes sense. The images and events in Spirited Away
are highly imaginative, and the storyline unpredictable. The film
on the surface may be a fable for children, but speaks to adults too.
One theme in the film is Chihiro coming to terms with moving away
from the city into the suburbs, her emotional journey. Another
theme is family, and discovering how important that is.
Ecology is an important theme in a number of Ghibli's films. The
bathhouse speaks of physical cleansing, but also of spiritual
cleansing too. Chihiro wins through by being herself, by acting
as a catalyst for change, not by force.
Spirited Away is not only one of the greatest cartoon films
ever produced, it is one of the greatest films ever produced.
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