Spirited Away (DVD)

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Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this fantasy adventure about Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl who is leaving behind everything she knows to move with her parents to a new home. Along the way, they stumble across a tunnel that leads to a spooky, deserted open-air restaurant where Chihiro's parents sit down and begin to eat. But she is uncomfortable with their new surroundings and wanders off to explore further. She meets a boy, Haku, who explains to her that the world they have entered is a holiday resort for spirits who have left behind their exhausting earthly duties. After discovering that her greedy parents have been turned into pigs, she learns the number one rule of the new world she is now part of: laziness is not tolerated, and only working hard can enable her to break the spell on her parents. With its fantastical critique of an adult world of capitalism and wasteful consumption, entwined with the simple tale of a girl finding herself and learning to get by on her own, the film has been dubbed a modern-day 'Alice in Wonderland', and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Product Details

Movies & TV
26 Dec 2006
Region 2
Optimum Home Entertainment
  • Interactive Menus
  • Enhanced WS tv
124 min
Age Restriction
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Spirited Away
Release Year
Running Time
125 min
Alternate Title
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Science-Fiction/Fantasy / Adventure / Animals / Animation / Anime / Disney Film / Essential Cinema / Japan / Supernatural / Theatrical Release / Witches
Directed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, SPIRITED AWAY is the tale of Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase), a young girl who is taken down an unusual road by her parents while moving to a new home in an unfamiliar town. The curiosity of Chihiro's mother (Lauren Holly) and father (Michael Chiklis) leads the reluctant child into what appears to be an abandoned amusement park. Soon her parents are greedily feasting on various delights from an enticing food stand and are literally turned into pigs. The frightened and bewildered girl then encounters a young man named Haku (Jason Marsden), who explains what she must do to navigate this strange and magical realm. Finding employment in a bathhouse for spirits and other odd characters--including kimono-wearing frogs, lumbering tentacled monsters, and a mysterious apparition named No Face--Chihiro attempts to figure out how she can free her parents from the clutches of the resort's owner, a powerful witch named Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshette). In the process, she makes some very eccentric friends--and has to deal with some notoriously stinky customers.

A surreal adventure reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SPIRITED AWAY continues Miyazaki's streak of groundbreaking animated films that also includes PRINCESS MONONOKE and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO. Succeeding MONONOKE as the most successful film in Japanese cinema history, this charming movie follows its own bizarre yet engaging logic as it reveals a cast of fascinating characters and jaw-dropping settings through stunningly beautiful hand-crafted animation. A movie experience like no other, SPIRITED AWAY is sure to enchant audiences of all ages, leaving viewers grinning with a giddy sense of wonderment.
Theatrical release: September 20, 2002
Cast & Crew
Hayao Miyazaki
Daveigh Chase / Michael Chiklis / Susan Egan / Lauren Holly / Jason Marsden / Suzanne Pleshette / John Ratzenberger / David Ogden Stiers
Hayao Miyazaki
Joe Hisaishi
Executive Producer
John Lasseter
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...The film unfolds like an enchanted hybrid of Alice in Wonderland and Oliver Twist....The illustrations are richly textured..."
Kevin Courrier (1 Nov 2002, p.151)
Chicago Sun-Times
"...This is the best animated film of recent years....Delightful and enchanting..."
Roger Ebert (6 Apr 2003, p.5)
Entertainment Weekly
"...A triumph of psychological depth and artistic brilliance..."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (27 Sep 2002, p.57)
Los Angeles Times
"...This visual wonder is the product of a fierce and fearless imagination whose creations are unlike any you've seen before..."
Kenneth Turan (20 Sep 2002, p.C1)
New York Times
"...The beauty of the animation, a skillful blend of hand-painted foreground and well-placed computer background, works to generate the storytelling..."
Elvis Mitchell (20 Sep 2002, p.E11)
Sight and Sound
"...Remarkable....It has some splendid gags....The film's opening demonstrates the cross-cultural universality of fairy tales..."
Andrew Osmond (1 Sep 2003, p.34-64)
USA Today
"...Elements of Eastern religions and Japanese legends add to the otherworldly, magical quality of the film..."
Claudia Puig (20 Sep 2002, p.7E)
"...Miyazaki's comic touches and often astounding flights of fantasy -- enhanced by Joe Hisaishi's thankfully intact score -- still win the day..."
Derek Elley (23 Sep 2002, p.25)
Wall Street Journal
"[A] masterpiece of modern animation....10-year-old Chihiro finds herself alone in an alternate universe that, for all its exotic trappings, could be a hinterland of Wonderland or Oz."
(29 May 2009, )


Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature Film
Winner: 2003