Spirited Away

The Top 63 Marathon, part 9

Title: Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
Year: 2001 (Japan), 2002 (US)
Length: 125 minutes
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Rumi Hîragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki (Japanese version); Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden (English version)
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Animated Feature (2003); currently #55 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: a witch who runs a bath house for gods turns a girl’s parents into pigs
How I saw it: on video many times (have on DVD), most recently yesterday (Japanese version)
Concept: Great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good.
Music: Indifferent.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). Delightful. But not quite as wonderful as I remember thinking it was in the past – probably because I’ve seen a number of amazing cartoons (Snow White and Wall-E, for instance) since the last time I watched it.
Objective Rating: 3.5/4 (Very good).


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