It’s Fantasy February here at Movies that Make Us, and this week we discuss the Japanese animated fantasy film Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki. It tells the story of a ten-year-old girl who when moving to a new neighborhood, enters the world of Kami (spirits of Japanese Shinto folklore). After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.
Beautiful, hand-drawn animation brings us into a world lush with unique characters and beautiful settings. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, making it the first and to date, the only hand-drawn and non-English-language animated film to win the award.
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