Spirited Away is a film written and directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli. It was nominated for, and subsequently won, Best Animated Film at the 2002 Academy Awards.
This is a beautiful fantasy story of Chihiro, who is unwillingly moving to a new city with her parents. As they're driving, they take a wrong turn and come across a small tunnel. On the other side is a world beyond imagination, with spirits, witches, dragons, and creatures of all kinds. The film follows Chihiro on her journey to find her parents and make her way back home.
People familiar with Studio Ghibli will recognize its trademark animation. Though primarily hand drawn, there are a couple of sequences aided by computer technology. This is a stunning feature, and certainly worthy of all of the praise it has received. Miyazaki-san has a truly unique mind which works in weird and wonderful ways.
The film is rated PG and has a running time of 125 minutes. It's available in an English dub, which was produced by Disney, or in its original Japanese with subtitles. I would not recommend this for very young children, as there are some frightening creatures and scenes with blood.
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