Spirited Away (movie)
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The flexible light thing that jumps around and leads to the house is a reference to Pixar's mascot. Miyazaki is a big fan of Pixar and wanted to show his admiration.
Yasuko Sawaguchi, the voice actress for Chihiro's mother, actually spoke while chewing chicken for her scene where she had to talk while eating. Dub actress Lauren Holly did the same thing but used an apple instead.
Winner for "Best Animation Film Award" at the 6th Animation Kobe (2001)
The first anime film to briefly achieve a 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Referenced in the Aaron McGruder-created strip, The Boondocks.
Chihiro was created based on a ten-year old girl, a Miyazaki friend's daughter. This girl also made Miyazaki continue working after promising retiring from filmmaking after Mononoke Hime (1997).
In the scene during which Chihiro squashes the small wormlike thing that inhabited Haku with her foot that, Kamaji tells Chihiro to "Cut the line!". "Cutting the line" is a Japanese good-luck charm performed by making a chopping gesture through another person's connected index fingers. This is done whenever someone is affected by some impurity. During footage of the dubbing process in the Spirited Away Nippon-TV Special, the young Japanese seiyū playing Chihiro was not aware of this concept and had it explained to her by Miyazaki. One of the sound engineers commented saying "The young don't know it these days".
A stuffed tiger that looks like Tiny from "Panda Go Panda: Rainy Day Circus" can be seen lying around in Bo's room.
This is the first film to earn US$200 million in grosses before opening in the U.S.
The song over the closing credits ("Itsumo Nando Demo"/"Always With Me") was intended for a Hayao Miyazaki film that was never made. Miyazaki played it relentlessly while making this film and decided to include it in the end credits.
The cleansing of the river spirit is based on a real-life incident in Hayao Miyazaki's life in which he participated in the cleaning of a river, removing, among other things, a bicycle.
Chi and Sen both use the same Japanese Kanji, which means 1,000 but are different readings of the same character. The name Sen is also a play on the name Chihiro.
First anime film to be nominated for (and win) an Academy Award. It also has the longest runtime of any other film nominated or winning in that category.
Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#08, with Spider).
The city that Chihiro and her parents are moving to at the beginning is the fictional city of Tochinoki along Route 21, just north of Nagoya. Tochinoki is also the name of an amusement park to the north of Tôkyô and a spa resort in the south of Japan. The large hill in their neighborhood where the dirt road begins is named Green Hill.
The star-shaped treats the Susuwatari (black soots) were carrying are called kompeitô, a type of traditional Japanese candy.
Chihiro's father drives a first-generation Audi A4 sedan.
This was the first film directed by Hayao Miyazaki in which a child character was actually voiced by a child.
First Studio Ghibli film produced in full digital process with DLP technology.
First Studio Ghibli film in Dolby Digital EX 6.1 and DTS-ES 6.1 sound.
In the English-language version, John Ratzenberger (Aogaeru) completely improvised the ditty he sings when he is extolling the virtues of the rich customer No-Face. ("Welcome the rich man, he's hard for you to miss...") The original script's song was "Welcome the rich man - he's pretty big, you see/so all bow down and get on bended knee."
Last film of Suzanne Pleshette.
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