Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is one of the best animation films I have ever seen. The various characters, story live, and outstanding visuals made me more curious about animation films.
Prior to watching this movie I believe animation, especially hand-drawn animation, was very rigid with low-quality and cliche themes. However, after watching Spirited Away I saw how much potential the genre of animation holds and how wonderfully Miyazaki uses this potential to get his point across to his audience.
Firstly, the visuals were incredible. Everything from the shadow of the characters and objects caused by sunlight or candle, the facial expressions of the human and non-human characters, even the glistening of the water on a sunny day. Miyazaki really out did him self with the attention to detail and large spectrum of characters. Each living being had a unique characteristic and personality that brought the movie together and makes it whole. Something very challenging to do when creating an animation film.
My favorite character was undoubtedly Chihiro. Till now i remain in shock of this littles girls maturity level and capability of shuffling multiple problems at once while keep her composure. Although the film is aimed for a younger audience, I believe it has various messages for older audiences as well. As explained in class Chihiro enters the tunnel as one person and comes out a completely different girl. It is during her time in the ghost word that this occurs through various sequence of events.
In general I really appreciate the amount of creativity Miyazaki had to use to create this film. From the large number of characters, their appearance, role in the movie, and distinct behavior it was very pleasing to watch and take this all in. Needless to say I definitely have more of an open mind for animation films and the limitless capabilities they hold of telling a story.