Spirited Away ( 2001)
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!