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|
In Other Languages
|French||Le Voyage de Chihiro|
|Spanish||El Viaje de Chihiro|
|Portuguese||A Viagem de Chihiro|
|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.
|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)
- http://nausicaa.net/miyazaki/sen (2000–present)
- http://www.ntv.co.jp/ghibli/sennokami/index2.html (2001–February 2006; official Japanese website)
- http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/miyazaki (2003-2005)
- http://www.apple.com/trailers/disney/spirited_away.html (October 2002–September 2004)
- 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.