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Overview of Miyazaki's Spirited Away

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Joel Clements

on 12 February 2018

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Transcript of Overview of Miyazaki's Spirited Away

Spirited Away
Written & Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki
Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, and animator.
Often referred to as the Japanese Walt Disney.
Co-founder of Studio Ghibli.
Most well known for his work on:
- My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
- Princess Mononoke (1997)
- Spirited Away (2001)
Film Summary
It is the story of 10-year-old Chihiro, a girl who is separated from her family and the normal world and must make her way through a world of spirits in order to return home. The story follows much the same tradition as stories like Alice In Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz.
The painful passage into Adulthood
Greed and its impacts
Acceptance of the "other"
"Miyazaki's drawing style, which descends from the classical Japanese graphic artists, is a pleasure to regard, with its subtle use of colors, clear lines, rich detail and its realistic depiction of fantastical elements.
He suggests not just the appearances of his characters, but their natures
-Roger Ebert
"There is something special about Spirited Away. It's
a heroic adventure story...an anime masterpiece...
with an ordinary 10-year-old girl named Chihiro as the heroine. And it's got a magical air of once-upon-a-time, a fairy-tale quality
reminiscent of the uncensored works of the Brothers Grimm,
where boys can turn into dragons, door knockers talk back and even evil spirits can't go back on their word."
-Kenneth Turan, LA Times
"Mr. Miyazaki's specialty is taking a primal wish of kids, transporting them to a fantasyland and then marooning them there. No one else
conjures the phantasmagoric and shifting morality of dreams

-- that fascinating and frightening aspect of having something that seems to represent good become evil
-- in the way this master Japanese animator does. "
-Elvis Mitchell, NY Times
Elements To Look At
"Language of Animation" - what elements of the story would not translate effectively to live action/CGI?

"Transformation of Reality"/Expressionism, especially through the eyes of Chihiro
Works Cited
Various Contributors. "Spirited Away." Spirited Away. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 06 Aug. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirited_Away>.

Various Contributors. "Hayao Miyazaki." Hayao Miyazaki. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 06 Aug. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayao_Miyazaki>.

Ebert, Roger. "Spirited Away." Spirited Away Movie Review. Roger Ebert, 20 Sept. 2002. Web. 06 Aug. 2013. <http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/spirited-away-2002>.

Turan, Kenneth. "Under the Spell of 'Spirited Away'" Under the Spell of 'Spirited Away' Los Angeles Times, 20 Sept. 2002. Web. 06 Aug. 2013. <http://articles.latimes.com/2002/sep/20/entertainment/et-turan20>.

Mitchell, Elvis. "Conjuring Up Atmosphere Only Anime Can Deliver." Movie Review - Spirited Away. New York Times, 20 Sept. 2002. Web. 06 Aug. 2013. <http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9504E0DB1030F933A1575AC0A9649C8B63>.

What you're doing:
Zeroing in on a central theme of the film
Exploring how animation facilitates the creation of this theme
Why can this only/ best be told through animation?
Analyzing a couple scenes and/or images to illuminate this
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