Spirited Away

Spirited Away

DVD - 2003
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When a young girl gets trapped in a strange new world of spirits, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and rescue her parents.
Publisher: [United States] : Walt Disney Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Buena vista Home Entertainment, [2003], c2001
Edition: Widescreen version (2.01 16x9)
ISBN: 9780788844614
078884461X
Branch Call Number: DVD Children SPIRITED
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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A girl is taken to the land of the spirits and is taught to overcome all obstacles and save herself and her family.

When a young girl gets trapped in a strange new world of spirits, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and rescue her parents


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empbee
Jun 13, 2017

Great animation, some good storyline. Not an easy watch.

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therhiannamater
Mar 08, 2017

One of Miyazaki's finest achievements. The musical score brings me to tears almost without fail and the story is mesmerizing for both children and adults alike. There is a simple innocence to it that wraps itself around the viewer's heart and leaves an impression well over it's run time.

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pokano
Jan 31, 2017

Beautifully animated as always. The story, however, didn't do as much for me as some other animes from Ghibli Studios.

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Tyra_Heise
Jan 09, 2017

Amazing movie! It's so different and unique. Spirited Away is really a must watch movie!

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lsmir
Dec 21, 2016

Although this is technically a children's movie, I would suggest that it is even more enjoyable and important for adults. There is so much underneath the surface that will make you think about the ills of society and human interaction. The children will enjoy the wonderful animation, no doubt, but I caution against showing it too the really young ones. Some scary bits in there.

AL_ALISON Dec 07, 2016

Pure delight and wonder. Amazing animation.

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

One of the best animated films of all time. Everyone should watch this during their childhood. There are a lot of ambiguous themes as well. A beautiful fantasy story of finding strength and courage.

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Candona
Jul 27, 2016

This really is a great movie though you have to understand there is a dreamlike flow to the story. It does seem a bit strange in parts to westerners and is aided by learning elements of Japanese culture. Just go to an Asian grocery store and you will see some characters are based upon everyday vegetables!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 21, 2016

The most famous Studio Ghibi movie besides My Neighbor Totoro. Spirited Away is an epic children's story dream that merits no preferred medium over the staggering liveliness work of Studio Ghibli. This various grant winning perfect work of art has developed to end up the biggest netting film in Japanese history, and which is all well and good. From the minute our tyke courageous woman Chihiro enters the shower houses we are truly barraged with a mind-boggling feeling of subtle element and rich, luxurious hues once in a while - if at any time - found in western liveliness. Scenes, for example, Chihiro going through the field of blooms, the brilliant scenes seen from the train, Haku and Chihiro taking off the skies above, and Chihiro running over the funnel to climb the dividers of the shower house are out and out stunning, and undoubtably probably the most rich movement ever to hit the screen.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

I'm sorry, but I just can't do it. I've loved watching Miyazaki, but not so much Spirited Away. I'm so glad this wasn't my first Miyazaki movie, because had it been, I don't know I would've watched the others. Yes, it was visually stunning and... interesting, but this seemed like a movie meant to be strange for the sake of being strange. I wanted more story. I wanted there to be more definitive statements. It was like a two-hour dream sequence. I know many people love this movie. I know it's considered by the masses to be Miyazaki's best. Personally, I'll take Totoro or Arriety any day over this.

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skylarkreed05
May 01, 2017

skylarkreed05 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

Schoolgurl95 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Theicehockeygear3471 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Red_Bird_90
Jun 02, 2015

Red_Bird_90 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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lucyliu100
May 31, 2015

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ukellyle
Nov 18, 2014

ukellyle thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Selina23
Jun 25, 2014

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gegu
Jan 03, 2014

gegu thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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pronto1961
May 23, 2013

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maroon_cat_342
Dec 17, 2012

maroon_cat_342 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Schoolgurl95
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.

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

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

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

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

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jimg2000
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.

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jimg2000
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)

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ukellyle
Nov 18, 2014

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

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Selina23
Jun 25, 2014

Chihiro:'you don;t remember your name?

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

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Marcell_Murray
Jul 08, 2012

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

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Chihiro: For some reason, I can remember Haku... from a long time ago... but I thought I never met him before!

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

Other: I second the Other

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ukellyle
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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