Spirited Away (2002. is a Japanese anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and written by Kazuo Iwamoto and Chihiro Ogino. The film tells the story of young spirit Yubaba, who is sent to the human world to live with her aunt and uncle.
A new twist on the classic fairytale, Spirited Away follows the journey of a little girl as she is swept away from her home and into the world of spirits.
She encounters a magical creature called a “bakeneko”, a huge centipede-like beast that carries her to the witch’s cottage. She meets the witch, and her pet cat, and is forced to work in the bathhouse where she discovers the true nature of the spirit world. After a series of mishaps, she is finally rescued and returns home.Japan should learn that both past and present worlds can exist alongside each other but must adapt and change
10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Story Behind “Spirited Away”
1. Miyazaki does everything himself
Miyazaki, known for his hand-drawn films like “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, has never hired a director or producer for his films. He has directed and written all of his own films, including “Spirited Away”. He even designs and paints the characters himself.
2. The main characters are not based on any real people
The main characters of “Spirited Away” are not based on any real people. The character of Chihiro is based on a girl that Miyazaki once knew, and Yubaba is based on the grandmother of a friend of Miyazaki’s.
3. The “bakeneko” was a popular character in Japanese folklore
The bakeneko is based on a popular character in Japanese folklore called the “bakeneko”, which means “mountain centipede”. The creature is often depicted as a huge centipede-like beast that carries children away. The bakeneko is also featured in other Miyazaki films such as “Princess Mononoke” and “Howl’s Moving Castle”.
4. The little extra scenes are called ‘ma’
In Japanese, the word “ma” can mean a “small”, “short” or “extra”. These “ma” scenes are included in every Miyazaki film. They are usually comedic or surreal, and are included to break up the main plot. The ma scenes are included in “Spirited Away”.
5. Spirited Away was the first film that Miyazaki had directed
Miyazaki’s previous films were hand-drawn, but “Spirited Away” was the first that he had directed that was not. He also directed the live-action short “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” in 1982, and also produced the film “My Neighbor Totoro” in 1988.
6. Miyazaki wanted to make a movie that children would enjoy
Miyazaki wanted to make a film that children would enjoy. He wanted to make a movie that children would like to see, but he also wanted to make it as educational as possible. Miyazaki wanted to make a movie that would help children understand the world around them.
7. Disney wasn’t the first American studio to try to court Ghibli
Miyazaki had been courting the Walt Disney Company for a long time. They had offered him a large amount of money to make a movie, but he refused to do it. Miyazaki was also interested in making a movie with Steven Spielberg, but Spielberg turned down the offer.
8. “Spirited Away” was originally planned to be a short film
Miyazaki originally planned to make a short film called “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. However, the Walt Disney Company had already bought the rights to make “Kiki’s Delivery Service” into a full-length film, and they made it into a full-length film. Miyazaki was angry, and he decided to make his own film instead.
9. The film was shot on location in Japan
The film was shot on location in Japan. It was shot in Japan because it would be cheaper to film in Japan than in the United States. The film was also shot in a studio in Japan, because Miyazaki felt that it would be easier to direct in a studio.
10. Miyazaki’s studio Ghibli is based in Japan
Ghibli is based in Japan, and the studio is called “Studio Ghibli”. Studio Ghibli is a company that makes films, but it is also a group of people that are friends. They all work together on films, and they all help each other.