‘Spirited Away’: 20 facts to celebrate its 20 years and re-release

Creations of Studio ghibli they have a huge community of fans all over the world. One of the most successful films is without a doubt Spirited Away, which turns 20 years old in 2021, which is why it is already preparing its re-release in cinemas in some countries. To start celebrating, we’ve put together a list of 20 fun facts you probably don’t know about the film.

20 curiosities of ‘Spirited Away’

If you are a fan of Studio Ghibli, surely this movie, which tells the story of a girl who is lost in a fantasy, is one of your favorites. Look at these curiosities of Spirited Away.

1. It is about seventh feature film Directed by Hayao Miyazaki within Studio Ghibli. His work was already recognized by films such as Princess mononoke (1997) and My neighbor totoro (1988).

two. Spirited Away won in 2003 the Oscar award for the best animated film; so far the first and only Japanese anime production to win an Academy Award.

3. The category of the Oscar award was debated between Lilo and Stich Y The ice Age.

4. Chihiro’s character It is inspired by the 10-year-old daughter of one of Miyazaki’s friends.

inspiration from Spirited Away

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5. The film, like most of Miyazaki’s works, did not have a pre-written script, was created as the tape was developed; the voice actors gave the characters more life and fluidity to the story.

6. Chihiro’s goodbye card at the beginning of the movie is from Rumi, her best friend. Rumi is the name of the actress who voiced the protagonist.

7. The original Japanese title of the film is “Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi”, Its literal translation would be something like: The mysterious disappearance of Sen’s spirits Y Chihiro or Journey to the Hereafter to rediscover oneself.

Every detail of the film was taken care of

8. The meaning of the characters’ names reflect who they are:

    • Chihiro: The thousand searches or the thousand fathoms.
    • Haku: white or older brother.
    • Boh: Little boy or son.
    • Zeniba: Witch of money.
    • Kamaji: Old man of the boilers.
    • Yubaba: Witch of the bathhouse.

9. There are several rreferences from other Ghibli films, like the spell that turns Chihiro’s parents into pigs, which has parallels with Porco rosso and the susuwatari that transport coal, which also appear in My neighbor totoro.

10. To achieve Haku’s realism, they were inspired by real animals: its movement is like that of a snake, it clings to walls like a gecko, its appearance is that of a dragon, while its head and teeth are based on a dog. This last detail was created with the advice of a veterinarian.

haku from Spirited Away

11. Many missed this detail! Chihiro’s stain on the face it changes shape, sideways, and disappears according to the shot during the first 40 minutes of the film.

stain on Chihiro's face

Hayao Miyazaki hand-drew the storyboard

12. All movie backgrounds They were hand drawn and texture was added with a 3D software. The great animation result wowed millions of viewers.

13. Miyazaki took real places as inspiration for various scenes, such as Edo-Tokyo open-air architectural museum, in Koganei.

14. In various scenes Chihiro appears eating some white balls. These are onigiris, a traditional Japanese dish based on rice, seaweed, and some filling.

what they eat in Spirited Away

15. Pixar Studios, with the permission of Mayazaki, some of the translations changed of the script and added narratives in some moments of the film, with the aim of making it more understandable to the rest of the world.

16. One of the most iconic scenes is the cleaning of the river god, it is inspired by a real life anecdote of Hayao Miyazaki, who once cleaned up a local river and found a bicycle that was stuck in it.

scene from Spirited Away
Spirited Away

17. The main theme song “Itsumo nando demo” (Always with me) was going to be for another movie, one of Miyazaki’s projects that was rejected.

It will have a theatrical rerun!

18. On May 21 it will hit the cinemas of some countries again Europeans, through the Vertigo distributor. In Latin America there is still no re-release date, but due to the large number of fans it has on this side of the world, it is expected that it will also have a relaunch.

19. You can enjoy Spirited Away on Netflix as many times as you want, with the new Telcel Max Play Plan, with which you have Netflix + Claro video, in addition to unlimited social networks, Double the Gigas and the connectivity of #TelcelLaMejorRed with the highest Coverage.

20. The scene where Haku and Chihiro say goodbye is a reference to the mythological story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Chihiro never looked back, which means they will meet again!

Thus we come to the end of this list. What is the curious fact that surprised you the most?

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