I’m way behind in my movie going and just saw Spirited Away this week. It is an out and out masterpiece! I don’t know anything about Anime (even how to spell it, for sure) but this is one great movie. A true cinematic work of art.
It was originally released last fall, but the distributor (Disney) apparently did very little promotion and only put it on a small number of screens. It won the Oscar the other week for best animated film, and was re-released to cash in, I suppose. I cannot urge you too strongly to seek it out and see it this week. It is supposed to be released on DVD on April 15. I don’t know if it will stay in theaters after that. (Anybody remember a new film playing at the theater and being available for rental at the Blockbuster around the corner at the same time?) While it will certainly be wonderful to watch at home (I’ve already pre-ordered it from Amazon) seeing it on the big screen is best. This is true of most any film, I guess, but Spirited Away’s artwork is so beautiful, you’ll want to see it projected bigger than life.
It’s too bad that Disney didn’t put the advertising budget behind this film, instead of, say, a mediocre film like Treasure Planet. If you have a kid in this country (USA) and you’re looking for a movie, they’re gonna’ beg to see things like What A Girl Wants or Piglet’s Big Movie or Agent Cody Banks, depending on their age. When you suggest Spirited Away, they’re gonna’ go blank because it hasn’t been hammered into there impressionable little heads by publicity. This is a shame. Take them anyway, you’ll both be glad.
If others wish to hijack this to talk about the film itself, let’s do it.
Of course, you’ll have to see it first. When you come back here to thank me, I’ll be waiting.
PS. Don’t confuse Spirited Away with Swept Away (Madonna’s movie) of that heavily promoted animated horse movie, Spirit something or other.