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Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Date: May 14 2003


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Legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has created another masterpiece. His newest film, Spirited Away, is one of the greatest animated films of all time. Critics and fans from around the world have given Spirited Away the thumbs up. Some have even said it’s the best film created this year.
Spirited Away is very similar to Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. It tells the story of a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost and enter a tunnel. The characters Chihiro encounters are strange, mysterious and endlessly interesting.
Josh recently saw Spirited Away. Learn more about the film by listening to him tell Beth all about it.


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Beth:  So Josh, did you see any movies this weekend?

Josh:  I finally got around to seeing this movie called Sprited Away, and it’s uh, it’s animated. It’s like a Japanese animation movie. But it, it wasn’t, it wasn’t a children’s movie. It was, it was interesting.

Beth:  That sounds pretty cool. I love animated films. Um, is there something that you could compare it to? What, what was it like?

Josh:  Well, with anime – I always, I often think that they look really interesting, but I don’t understand them. Like there’s cultural references and a style that I often just don’t really get. But this movie, like, I understood its plot and it was just like, it was a fun adventure and it was, it was kinda, it was magical. I mean, it had, you know, ghosts and magic and that kind of thing in it. Um, and it was, it was just a story about, about one girl, and her adventure. It was just, it was amazing.

Beth:  Ooh, it sounds pretty cool. Were there any famous people in it?

Josh:  I don’t think there were. I mean, I didn’t know anyone. There were, I mean, I don’t know who’s in it the other foreign language versions either, but in, in English I think they were just voice talent.

Beth:  That’s cool. I know there’s another film coming out. I think Brad Pitt is going to be doing the voiceover. It’s an animated flim. Do you know the one that I’m talking about?

Josh:  Uh, I don’t think so, but I like Brad Pitt so I’m looking forward to that now that you mention it.

Beth:  Yeah. Yeah. Well, it’s cool when you discover who’s behind the voice in animated films.

Josh:  It’s fun when you don’t, uh, when you don’t realize who it is until afterwards and then you’re like, “Oh, that was Woody Harrelson!” Or, whatever.

Beth:  Totally.

Josh:  Well, cool. I definitely think you should check this one out, and I’ll check out the one that’s coming up.

Beth:  Sounds good.



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Sounds like Josh really like Spirited Away. He can’t contain his excitement for the film. I don’t blame him. It’s absolutely amazing.
I don’t usually go to see animated movies, but I saw this one. It’s by far the best animated movie I’ve ever seen. I didn’t really like Toy Story or Aladdin, and I never saw The Lion King, but I would recommend Spirited Away to any and every person who likes to watch movies, whether they like animation or not.
See you at the movies!



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epic !!

10:32 PM Aug 05 2013 |

anahid goddess

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Oh love it so amazing ,good .

Miyazaki mad it and he is very professional and many artist impressiveness of he you should’nt miss it .

07:49 PM May 19 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

i like to watch this movie
thx for ur effort

05:58 PM Dec 05 2008 |



Hey is it interesting?


04:41 PM Dec 05 2008 |



I did not wach it i will wach.


04:38 PM Dec 05 2008 |




i have watch this movie! it is very niceSmile

04:55 AM Mar 28 2008 |



Just after I read,I understand what’s meaning for dialogue, My ability of listening is very poor,can’t catch speed,if there is any simply dialogue here? step to step improve

08:28 AM Apr 18 2007 |




i’ve watched this movie, it’s great one. And yes, simillar to Alice in wonderland

02:08 PM Apr 13 2007 |



animated movies are always good try to watch & understand it

04:50 PM Apr 02 2007 |



this movie is great for students who are searching a job

05:50 AM Mar 23 2007 |

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