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Spirited Away (2001)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Spirited Away (2001, Jp./US) (aka Sen to Chihiro No Kamikakushi)

In director Hayao Miyazaki's classic, best-known anime and the highest-grossing film in Japanese box-office history at the time:

  • the characters and storyline of this Alice-in-Wonderland-like (and Wizard of Oz) coming-of-age tale for unhappy 10 year-old, pony-tailed Japanese schoolgirl Chihiro (voice of Daveigh Chase), as she entered a spirit-haunted, abandoned amusement park with her parents - when suddenly her father and mother (voices of Michael Chiklis and Lauren Holly) were turned into pigs after eating food in a deserted cafe
  • also the imaginative characters she encountered in a nocturnal bath-house/spa for spirits as she struggled to save her parents:
    - greedy, cranky, large-headed twin sister/matron Yubaba (voice of Suzanne Pleshette) who ran the bathhouse and could morph into a flying crow
    - young boy Master Haku (voice of Jason Marsden) - also seen as a flying dragon
    - "The Boiler Man" with six arms, named Kamajii (voice of David Ogden Stiers)
    - a white-masked, destructive, gluttonous spirit named "No Face" (voice of Bob Bergen) who presented everyone with gold
    - three green bouncing heads
    - stink spirits, the Radish Spirit, a giant baby (Chihiro's doppelganger), destructive paper birds, and more


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