Spir­ited Away ( 2001)

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Stubio Ghi­bli had al­ready been op­er­at­ing for al­most 20 years be­fore Spir­ited Away broke through into the main­stream, and West­ern au­di­ences who weren’t geeky Ja­pan- o- philes fi­nally dis­cov­ered the won­der of Miyazaki’s an­i­mated worlds. Spir­ited Away presents quite a world, as young Chi­hiro’s par­ents are trans­formed into pigs and she en­ters a mag­i­cal oth­er­world. A gid­dily sur­real para­ble re­plete with dragons, big- headed witches and float­ing phan­toms, Spir­ited Away was like a Dis­ney an­i­ma­tor’s night­mare com­mit­ted to celluloid. trade­mark TV snark trans­late to cine­mas? It’s hard to re­mem­ber a time any­body doubted him. De­spite a limited bud­get ( just $ 39m) and not an A- lis­ter in sight, Seren­ity was ev­ery­thing the Star Wars pre­quels weren’t – quippy, thought- pro­vok­ing and hella en­ter­tain­ing. We live in hope of a se­quel...

We can’t chant “There’s only one Mr Spock” any more.

Dur­ing a zom­bie out­break, Per­sil will also come in handy. Wait till she catches who dropped those drawing pins!

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