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Spirited Away Picture Book [Hardcover]

Hayao Miyazaki
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Book Description

1 Sep 2008 Spirited Away
Winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated feature, Spirited Away tells the story of 10-year-old Chihiro, a girl in the midst of a move to the suburbs who wanders into a strange town and finds a world of spirits ruled over by the mysterious Yubaba.

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  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569317968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569317969
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up 23 April 2011
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I saw the film of Spirited away some years ago and remember it fondly.I have resisted buying the picture books of Myazaki's films as they can be a wee bit expensive.However,the temptation to get this one was too strong.Well,I'm glad I did get it as there are some very interesting differences from the film.Apart from this the whole concept of a book of a film is that you can just stare and stare at a page that facinates you and really absorb the pictures.I enjoy reading written books of course but now and again it is good to study the pictures AND drawings of the artists who created the film.I am very interested in animation and cartoons because you can draw whatever takes your fancy and if you want,bring it to life.I thoroughly enjoyed the film but I would have liked to constantly pause it to savour some,well a lot,of great scenes.With a book,this is entirely the purpose.There is one picture/scene in the book where Chihiro,the main 10 year old character,stands still in a field after going through an entrance archway.In the film the shot pans around across the field and up a slight rise,the book just prints it across two pages and I prefere the book as it truly represents what you see.There is even a stone idol that adds so much extra to the picture and the way the grass is drawn,absolutely brilliant.I couldn't help but watch the film again after reading this book just to compare the two.I think even the colours used in both are carefully matched.What also intrigued me was the difference in the front cover of the book and the inlay of the dvd.Both show Chihiro in that memorable pose but the backgrounds are totally different.The dvd cover crams in all the characters but the book,just a select few.I found that this made me go back and study the dvd inlay more closely. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars read all about it 5 Jan 2013
By Dee
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bought it for my daughter she loved it it goes with the dvd that she has a beautifull book for everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book of a great film. 24 Sep 2012
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My only issue here is the sticker on the front claiming it to be Disney's academy award winning film. We all know that this isn't the case, in fact Spirited Away beat that year's Disney feature.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Illustrations 15 Aug 2008
By Marisa C. Madison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book for my 9 year-old who absolutely loves the movie. We bought the DVD years ago and he will still watch it occasionally. When I bought the book, I think he fell in love with the story all over again. The illustrations are incredible and the colors are so vibrant that I had to read it alongside my son. I would love to buy another one to keep as a collector's item.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully-illustrated with artwork from the movie 17 Mar 2012
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been introducing my seven-year-old to several of Studio Ghibli offerings, such as Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, and more recently The Borrower Arrietty. I held off on showing her Spirited Away until recently because I felt some elements such as the spirit world would be too scary for her until now.

Before showing the movieto her, I explained some elements of Asian folklore (I am originally from Southeast Asia and could relate to some of the folklore underlying this story) so she could follow the story better, though this is not strictly necessary, especially for older viewers.

Spirited Away follows the adventures of 10-year-old Chihiro who together with her parents is making a move from the city to the suburbs. Chihiro is not very happy about this move, and when her parents accidentally find themselves off the beaten path on their way to their new home, she discourages them from exploring. Chihiro has a strange sense of foreboding that this new place which her father presumes to be an abandoned theme park is much more than that and she is of course proven right. Her parents are turned into pigs after gorging on food they found at this place, which turns out to be inhabited by the spirit world.

In Asian folklore, there is an emphasis on respecting old superstitions, which includes belief in the spirit world inhabited by the Gods and otherworldly creatures. When Chihiro's parents gorged on food meant for the spirits, they were being very disrespectful and so are punished accordingly. The rest of the story follows Chihiro's efforts, aided by the loyal Haku, to redeem her parents and make their escape from the malevolent witch Yubaba who rules over this world.

The animation is simply amazing and conjures up a fantastical world of odd-looking creatures (that radish spirit was just out of this world!) in an alternate world that is vividly brought to life. The animation is superior but what makes this such a memorable story is the heartfelt story with its underlying theme of respect, loyalty,friendship, trust, and sacrifice. Chihiro's relentless efforts to save her parents credibly portrays the theme of filial piety and her courage and determination make her a true heroine, serving as a great role model for children. This is a story to be enjoyed by viewers and readers of all ages. The book contains many of the artwork from the film, and the text is accessible to young, independent readers. This is a worthwhile companion book to the film!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 4 Mar 2011
By Kurt Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Our family loves the Miyazaki Studio Ghibli films, and these books increase that enjoyment. The book is a faithful adaption of the movie, with movie stills used for the illustrations. My three year old will sit and simply look through the fascinating pictures all on his own. And he loves reading through it with us, as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book. 3 Jun 2010
By John Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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We have 4 of the Miyazaki books from this series and they are all extremely high quality... I wish that all of his movies had books like these to go with them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was awesome 19 July 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I first saw the movie, I enjoyed it. So I got the book. But not every word is in it. But you better watch the movie first because even the tiniest detail in the book-in what they're saying-is not the exact same as in the movie. This sometimes happens in movies; the book is different than the movie. Overall, though, I loved this book more than anything.
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