Spirited Away - Yes, Chihiro’s a kid. She’s used to a world in which her rights and privileges are determined by her parents, who are obligated to keep her healthy and happy. She enjoys this status by virtue of being born. But in the wider world—and this is what makes it so scary—one creates one’s own identity. For the middle-class, anyway, one has to earn one’s pride of place. At the bathhouse it’s the same. Who you were, when you were a kid, doesn’t count for zip.

Never saw this movie until I took an animation class. Would have NEVER watched it otherwise, but SO glad I did. - Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 was the first Japanese anime film to win an Academy Award.

Favorite Animated Feature: Spirited Away... directed by Hayao Miyazaki, it is one of the most beautiful movies and an amazing story

Spirited Away (2001)

Top Ten Japanese Animation Movies of All Time: Spirited Away, written and directed by the great Hayao Miyazaki, was the first anime to win an Academy Award. It was released by Studio Ghibli, Inc., which was co-founded by Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.