Spirited Away

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This motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli tells the tale of a young girl lost in a fantasy land of spirits, trying to rescue her parents, but interwoven with several smaller stories of a faceless being, a dragon/spirit of a river, and a pair of twin witches. This is a real fantasy tale, masterfully told, and presented in a very traditional way, with only minor elements of computers being used for 3D sequences.
What really stood out for me in this was the design of each of the characters, each one incredibly unique, and although this is still a animated 'cartoon' at heart, the story and cast are definitely aimed at adults as well, and would even be frightening for younger children. From Yubaba, the power hungry and visually aggressive witch, to the much more sinister form of No-Face, I know that if I'd seen this when I was much younger, the no-face monster would have given me the heebie-jeebies.
Overall an absolutely stunning film, and has definitely inspired me to seek out more Studio Ghibli films, I know its about time I did as I've had more than enough recommendations to see them.


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