Spirited Away

In conjunction with the exhibition “ANIME! High Art – Pop Culture” the Academy presents a special screening of “Spirited Away.”

In anticipation of Hayao Miyazaki’s rare visit to Los Angeles for the Academy’s Marc Davis lecture on July 28th, the Academy presented “Spirited Away,” the only anime film thus far to receive the Oscar® for Animated Feature Film. Original artwork and collectible items from a number of films made by Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli in Japan are currently on view as part of the Academy’s “ANIME!” exhibition.

Miyazaki’s fascination with the supernatural and the inner lives of children intersect in this engrossing and magical tale, in which a timid young girl and her parents find a mysterious tunnel as they travel through the countryside toward their new home in the suburbs. It leads to an enchanted theme park filled with restaurants serving elaborate meals, and a bathhouse used by thousands of Japanese gods and spirits. As night falls, her parents are turned into pigs and she must find a way to break the spell and return them to the human world.

The film was screened with the English-language soundtrack, overseen by U.S. executive producer and Academy Award®-winning animator John Lasseter.

Animation Voiceovers Daveigh Chase (Chihiro), Suzanne Pleshette (Yubaba/Zeniba), Jason Marsden (Haku), Susan Egan (Lin), David Ogden Stiers (Kamaji), Lauren Holly (Chihiro’s Mother), Michael Chiklis (Chihiro’s Father), John Ratzenberger (Assistant Manager), Tara Strong (Boh)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise (U.S.). Produced by Toshio Suzuki, Donald W. Ernst (U.S.).  Story and Screenplay Miyazaki. English Language Adaptation Cindy Davis Hewitt, Donald H. Hewitt. Film Editing Takeshi Seyama. Art Direction Yoji Takeshige. Music Joe Hisaishi. Studio Ghibli. Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.  U.S. release 2002 (Japanese release in the original language: 2001). 35mm. 125 mins. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive, The Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli.

Event Information

Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Academy Awards Facts

Academy Award® winner (2002) – Animated Feature Film (Miyazaki)

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