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In this Miyazaki film, a 10-year-old girl named Chihiro and her family moves to a new town. When they stop at a stall loaded with food, Chihiro's parents starting pigging out, until they turn into real pigs. But Chihiro herself tries to run off, then notices that she's turning invisible. A boy named Haku appears and gives her instructions on how to get a job in a bathhouse, so that she can gets her parents back. First, she asks Kamaji, the boiler man. Lin arrives, and takes Chihiro to see Yubaba. After signing a contract, her name is now Sen, and Sen has to address the boy as Master Haku, who is also a white dragon. Later, Sen tells Yubaba her real name before taking the test by telling which pigs are her parents. Chihiro thinks it's none of them, and yet she passes. Finally, she is separated from Haku and now reunited with her mom and dad. They set off to find their new home and school...


Character's name Japanese voice English voice
Chihiro/Sen Rumi Hîragi Daveigh Chase
Haku Miyu Irino Jason Marsden
Yubaba/Zeniba Mari Natsuki Suzanne Pleshette
Lin Yumi Tamai Susan Egan
Kamajii Bunta Sugawara David Ogden Stiers
Chihiro's father Takashi Naitô Michael Chiklis
Chihiro's mother Yasuko Sawaguchi Lauren Holly
Bôh Ryunosuke Kamiki Tara Strong
No-Face/Frog Bob Bergen

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese 千と千尋の神隠し
French Le Voyage de Chihiro
Spanish El Viaje de Chihiro
Portuguese A Viagem de Chihiro
Cantonese 千與千尋
Mandarin Chinese 神隱少女
Korean 센과 치히로의 행방불명
Thai เซ็ง โทะ ชิฮิโระ โนะ คะมิกะกุชิ

Production timeline (U.S. version)

  • May 4, 2000: Development of the film dates back to this date.
  • January 26, 2001: A 45-second preview aired on Japanese network NTV.
  • March 4, 2002: Disney bought the rights to distribute the English-dubbed version of Spirited Away.
  • April 12, 2002: The film was screened by the MPAA, and was given a PG rating for "some scary moments".
  • May 12, 2002: Spirited Away was confirmed to be released in theaters on September 20, 2002.
  • August 20, 2002: The theatrical trailer for this film was launched.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Original theatrical Japan July 20, 2001
Original theatrical France April 10, 2002
Original theatrical (subtitled) USA April 20, 2002
Original theatrical South Korea June 28, 2002
DVD/VHS Japan July 19, 2002
DVD/VCD Taiwan August 14, 2002
Original theatrical (dubbed) USA September 20, 2002
DVD/VHS France November 26, 2002
DVD/VHS South Korea December 4, 2002
DVD/VHS USA April 15, 2003
DVD/VHS Latin America January 16, 2004
DVD/VHS UK March 29, 2004
Blu-ray Disc USA March 29, 2004

Home video release

Main article: Spirited Away (DVD/VHS)





  • It should be noted that the English dub, most of the time, does not directly translate from the original Japanese version. This is probably because the English dub of the film was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (back then known as Buena Vista Pictures Distribution) at the time, while in other countries worldwide, it wasn't.


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