Spirited Away
2002
During her family's move to the suburbs, Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase) wanders into a magical world where a witch rules -- and those who disobey her are turned into animals. When Chihiro's parents become pigs, she must find a way to help them return to their human form. Adapted from the Japanese original, director Hayao Miyazaki's adventure tale won the Best Animated Feature Oscar for its enchanting story.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

The joy of Miyazaki's films is in their richness, both in the visuals, where he patiently adds extraneous details to make every scene look real, and in the worlds, which thrive with so many multi-faceted characters that you don't know who's really good and who's really evil until well into the second half. This ambiguity allows for a moral exploration as well as a visual one, even if Miyazaki has to make his point in the end. He's getting repetitive at this late stage in his career, but he still makes gorgeous masterpieces of animé.

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