Spirited Away

Spirited Away

DVD - 2015
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Chihiro and her parents accidentally wander into another world ruled by witches and monsters. When her parents are captured by the ruler of the world, she tricks the witch into hiring her so she can figure out how to free them.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Disney,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD J FEATURE SPI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
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Dec 17, 2020

If you've never seen a movie by Hayao Miyazaki and you want to see what all the fuss is about, buy this one. It's very unique, quirky and somewhat confusing. But don't let that bother you. You'll want to watch it again and again (as my family has). It's the story of a girl who walks into a strange world, then ends up on a quest to save several loved ones. It's best to know as little as possible before watching it.

Nov 19, 2020

Unpopular opinion to warn those like me: This is a very weird, incomprehensible jumble of a movie for those looking for a good story. Yes, the visuals and audio are fine, but the story is bad and the characters are messed up. Unless you like anime-style stuff I would honestly steer clear of this one. Genuinely confused about why this is such a highly-regarded film.

Apr 14, 2020

This is my favourite Ghibli movie! This movie is an exciting adventure movie that left me wanting more. The animation, true to Ghibli Studios' style, is beautiful and unique. Due to the content of the film, I would suggest it to children 10 or up. Also, keep in mind that this movie has a lot to do with the Japanse culture and beliefs.

Mar 23, 2020

Spirited Away is about a little girl named Chihiro who crosses into the spirit world when she and her parents make a stop before travelling to their new home. Chihiro meets Haku, who helps her fit into the spirit world. Chihiro begins working for Yubaba, who takes her name and is now renamed Sen. Haku advises Sen to always remember her real name and her parents or else she won’t be able to return to them. During Sen’s time in the spirit world, she begins to mature and she learns to appreciate what she has before it’s gone, which is also a very important lesson for audiences to remember. I enjoyed watching this movie because it has plenty of aesthetic scenes, which is something I enjoy about all Studio Ghibli films. 4/5 stars
@hibiscusflower of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli. I enjoyed this movie because it had nice cinematography and a nice soundtrack. It tells the story of a 10 year old girl by the name of Chihiro, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the world of spirits. The characters were very delightful but there was no villain character. The way it shows and combines the love of family and the importance of friendship is breathtaking, and I’m constantly in swoon-mode when it comes to Chihiro and Haku. This movie reminded me of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I would recommend this film to teens 13 and up. Rating: 3/5
@PrettyKitty of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Spirited Away is an animated film released in 2001 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It’s about a little girl named Chihiro and her trip to an abandoned amusement park with her family, from here she finds out it’s a place for supernatural beings to take a break and to get out of there she will have to work. This is one of the most well known movies in Studio Ghibli movies and I can see why. It tells a great story of a little girl maturing over this period of time trying to save her parents and trying to get out of the place. On top of also having great animation that is easy on the eyes and it's kid friendly. Some scenes in the movie that were really memorable was when Haku was feeding Chihiro some rice balls in a beautiful flower field and getting a look inside the bathhouse. There are numerous popular music tracks that are in the film that pull the film together creating a masterpiece. Check it out! 5/5 stars
@minimonie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I love this movie & the director Hayao Miyazaki’s painstaking dedication to explore the fantasy worlds he creates. The bounds of his imagination seem endless as Chihiro, the story’s young heroine, is thrust into the spirit realm & is forced to navigate it to save her parents. This is (at the very beginning) when her parents turn to pigs - the plot’s lack of hesitation for eerie shifts, really makes the movie’s main setting seem real & surreally dangerous. I liked the eight-armed man that powered the boiler room - inspired by a creature in Japanese folklore, which added to the intrigue, in my opinion. Personally, I also enjoyed the metaphor of the “stink spirit” for pollution. I thought all the backgrounds were tremendous & the animation was lively & extremely detailed. The spirit world at night, glistened, golden from lantern light - like a painting. I saw meticulous care given to all these characters that populated the world - all these unique looking spirits. And, the story was captivating, all the way through (so were the visuals). I would definitely recommend for a fantastical experience. 5/5 stars
@reviewperson of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Feb 02, 2020

I grew up watching Disney and Studio Ghibli. This was my first Miyazaki film and I never really understood it until I got re-obsessed with the films last year. Spirited Away is by far my absolute favorite. The way it combines the love of family and the importance of friendship is breathtaking, and I'm constantly in swoon-mode when it comes to Chihiro and Haku. This is one of my absolute favorites, and so I definitely recommend. One of the best Ghibli films out there, trust me.

Feb 01, 2020

Nice cinematography. Nice soundtrack. The plot is a bit weird as well as the characters, nonetheless they can be cute and there is no villain character. The theme is complex which covers transition from childhood to adulthood, environmental issues, capitalism and consumerism according to the film maker, but I think it’s vague.

Jan 29, 2020

One of my favorite Ghibli animes...second only to Totoro

Dec 18, 2019

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 2001, this Japanese animated fantasy follows a moody 10-year-old girl into a wonderland where her parents are turned into pigs by the witch.
Although highly rated in the past, the film turns out a somewhat disappointing story for me as an adult.
In any case, I'm pretty sure, an under-10-year-old kid would love to watch it.

Haven't read it but it's good.

WCL_Kiirstin Nov 04, 2019

Perhaps my favourite movie ever. Things go very, very sideways for Chiharu, and then, with a little kindness, some help from her friends, and a lot of hard work, things get back on track. The animation is stunning, and the storyline moves smoothly, but also leaves breathing space. An excellent introduction to Studio Ghibli's oevre, contemplative, creative, slightly melancholy and also hopeful, and just gorgeous.

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Apr 14, 2020

"It's something you wouldn't recognize. It's called love." Kamaji

Sep 10, 2016

Chihiro's Father: A new home and a new school? It is a bit scary.

Chihiro: I think I can handle it.

Sep 10, 2016

"Anyone can see you're a lazy, spoiled crybaby and you have no manners." --Yubaba to Chihiro

Sep 10, 2016

"Once you've met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return." --Zeniba

Sep 12, 2015

Plenty of quotes from DVD version in IMDb. The BR version is more child friendly etc. e.g. start of the movie, original DVD version:

Reads Card: "I'll miss you, Chihiro. Your best friend, Rumi."
Parent: Chihiro. Chihiro, we're almost there. This really is in the middle of nowhere. I'm gonna have to go to the next town to shop. We'll just have to learn to like it. Look, Chihiro, there's your new school. Looks great, doesn't it? It doesn't look so bad.
Chihiro: It's gonna stink. I liked my old school. Mom! My flowers are dying.
Parent: I told you not to smother them like that. We'll put them in water when we get to our new home.
Chihiro: finally get a bouquet, and it's a good-bye present. That's depressing.
Parent: Daddy bought you a rose for your birthday. Don't you remember?
Chihiro: Yeah, one. Just one rose isn't a bouquet.

Sep 12, 2015

Plenty of quotes from DVD version in IMDb. The BR version is more child friendly etc. e.g. start of the movie, BR version:

Card from Rumi: Good luck, Chihiro, Hope we meet again
Parent: Chihiro? Chihiro! We're almost there. This really is the middle of nowhere. I'll have to shop in the next town. We'll just have to make do. Look, there's the elementary school. That's your new school, Chihiro. Why, it looks very nice.
Chihiro: liked my old school. Mom, my flowers got bent.
Parent: No wonder, the way you squeeze them. A little water and they'll perk right up.
Chihiro: My first bouquet, and it's farewell flowers.
Parent: What about the rose you got for your birthday?
Chihiro: One rose? One rose isn't a bouquet.

" Now I remember your name. Your name is the Kohaku River." said Chihiro to Haku (while his flying as the dragon)

Nov 18, 2014

"Don't you remember your name?" -Chihiro
"No, but for some reason I remember yours." -Haku

Jun 25, 2014

Chihiro:'you don;t remember your name?

Haku:'no,but for some reason i remember yours

Jul 08, 2012

"Don't cover your mouth-that's an insult to our guest!!"

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Sep 10, 2016

Other: I second the Other

Nov 18, 2014

Other: All the extreme awesomeness may be to much for you to handle


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Ten-year old Chihiro and her parents are moving when her father takes a wrong turn. Her father thinks they've found an old amusement park and insists on exploring. Chihiro, scared to be alone, accompanies her parents.
They cross a dry riverbed. Chihiro's parents find an unattended restaurant stall and gorge themselves while Chihiro wanders off. She finds an exquisite bathhouse. Suddenly a boy orders her to cross the river before nightfall. Spirits begin haunting the park, and when Chihiro returns to her parents, they have become pigs.
Chihiro runs to the river, but it has flooded and is impossible to cross. The boy, whose name is Haku, finds her and says he has known her since she was little. He tells her to ask for a job from the bathhouse's boiler-man, Kamaji. Kamaji and the worker Lin send Chihiro to the witch Yubaba, who runs the bathhouse. She gives Chihiro a job but steals her name. She is renamed Sen (千?), the first character of her name.
Haku shows Sen her parents' pigpen. Among her belongings, she finds a goodbye card addressed to Chihiro. She realizes that she's forgotten her name. Haku warns her that Yubaba controls people by taking their names. If she forgets hers like he has forgotten his, then she cannot leave the spirit world.

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