She correctly determines that none of the pigs are her parents. Despite being a weasel spirit, Lin looks fully human; some fans have theorized she may have once, indeed, been human and in the same situation as Chihiro. Turns out Chihiro was the name of the real little girl upon whom Miyazaki based the character, like ". Chihiro remembers this only when they are, Haku in dragon form and the purified river spirit. Chihiro is also this herself, to a number of characters. Played with. Chihiro then lures him out while going to Zeniba to see Haku. Chihiro teaches him a lesson when she refuses his gold. Mrs. Ogino gives some exposition to Chihiro that the park was probably abandoned because of the recession probably so now it's just a lot with relics. No matter how difficult it will be to clean their customer, they still don't want to offend their customer. the end of the movie, when she becomes Chihiro again, her features After all, he's, Zeniba's hopping lamppost is an homage to, Boh's room is based on Princess Clarisse's room from, The birds in the bath-house with wide, staring eyes and leaves on their heads could be a, The film's ending is very slightly similar to the ending of. key to the conclusion. of the spirit world. A sad, voiceless spirit. Yubaba is a crow/raven who are known to be cunning, ominous and foretell death and destruction, such as Yubaba taking the names of her workers and "killing" their past selves so they can't remember who they are and thus are enslaved to her forever (unless they remember their name). Both characters desire to get their "names", i.e. The fact that it won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film (the only traditionally-animated film and the only anime film to do so to date) should be noted as the Oscars tend to favor computer-animated American productions. One of two birds with Yubaba’s No voice credit. in-depth analysis of Chihiro/Sen. her workers’ names as a means of control, such as when she changes Important in Japanese folklore. Baker's novel The Frog Princess, which was in turn inspired by the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale The Frog Prince. Clearly they're taking advantage of replacing the spoiled-rotten kid. Her choice? They show no sign of being anything more than mud-rolling, omnivorous animals after. Boh is, To thank her for cleaning him, he gives Sen a food as humble as a radish. The river spirit that Chihiro cleans gives her an herb cake, that she thinks she can use to change her parents back. Most of the bathhouse employees, who cheerfully serve No Face without even questioning where he's from, even though he just pops up in the middle of the night and mysteriously speaks with the voice of another employee. Spirited Away is easily one of the top five Studio Ghibli films. haul coal in the boiler room. He takes on a frog/worker’s voice after he eats the worker. Boh knows only what his mother chooses to tell him, until Sen expands During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. Caretaker at Hogwarts, Filch is a Squib and a failed wizard. The first instance of this is when Chihiro heals the river spirit after being heavily polluted and filled with garbage. Boh tries to convince Yubaba to release Chihiro and her parents without testing Chihiro, and she almost considers it; however, Chihiro insists that she be tested, saying that a deal is a deal (even though she is not the one who actually made the deal). After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. In contrast to Yubaba’s luxurious quarters, Zeniba lives in a modest Yubaba can also drape herself in her cloak and fly like a very large bird. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Anime/SpiritedAway. he saved Chihiro when she fell into a river as a child. He Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org. Yubaba turns herself into a bird to monitor the village. Chihiro Ogino (荻野 千尋 Ogino Chihiro), referred throughout most of the film by her nickname Sen (千 lit. Losing your parents and having to rescue them? Zeniba turns Boh and Yubaba's servant into a mouse and a tiny bird, respectively. She makes Chihiro work as hard as the rest of the other workers, who have years of labor behind them, but sees that she has potential. Actor, voice actor: Years active: 1979–present: Agent: William Morris Agency : Patrick Pinney (born June 30, 1952) is an American actor and voice actor. His cat Mrs Norris acts a spy for him. Yubaba Bird. This film, Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting-Away), is a symbolic and folkloric adventure film about a girl who enters the world of spirits. When Chihiro later asks her to change them back, she says that the spell has worn off, and they can change back any time they want. At first, her only aid is Haku, a mysterious boy who finds her shelter and a job in a bathhouse that caters to these spirits; eventually, Chihiro makes more friends as she searches for a way to make her parents human again and escape the spirit world before she forgets her real identity. Later, we learn he is a river spirit To rescue her parents, Chihiro must pick them out of a line-up of several dozen other pigs. Miyazaki also loves his environmental messages, which comes up twice through the film. When No-Face tries Still, this does suggest that Stench Spirits. in-depth analysis of Haku/White Dragon. —Anonymous. A sad, voiceless spirit. And that's all within just the first thirty-minutes of the movie—which doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the odd denizens of the spirit world, ranging from the villainous bathhouse manager Yubaba to arachnid worker Kamajii to the enigmatic, near-voiceless spirit No Face. Only by kissing a princess can Naveen break the spell and become human again. A further dehumanization. (They don't choose to until later.). free herself and her parents from the spirit world. She understands the power of identity and changes He is the eldest prince of Maldonia, who prides himself in being charming and handsome. Chihiro's parents have ravenous appetites, especially her father. They move by bouncing around on the 1 Plot 2 Appearance 3 Personality 4 Speculation 5 Etymology 6 Trivia 7 Quotes 8 References Chihiro first appears as she and her parents are moving to a new town. An ancient river spirit that Outside of the bathhouse, Sen sees the white dragon, Haku, being attacked by birds. The importance of names. He’s the first to witness the humanity You can't tell in English, but Chihiro's parents should really have known better than to eat in a "park" where the signs advertise such foods as "dog" and ". Being told not to look back is a callback either to the story of Izanami and Izanagi, Orpheus and Eurydice, or Lot... except in Chihiro's case, she's successful. Her parents aren't in there. She reveals Haku's true name to him while they're at cruising altitude, and the dragon reverts to human form. Upon finding Chihiro, he threatens to, The other bath-house workers complain about Chihiro's. Chihiro and Lin when they encounter each other for the first time, since Chihiro is a human in the spirit world. Yubaba’s giant, spoiled baby. Only medicine from Chihiro appeases him. The classic fairytale about a princess who kisses a frog and becomes an amphibian herself gets a jazzy remake in this beloved 2009 Disney animated film. The Lorax (2012) Tangled (2010) The Princess and the Frog (2009) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Horton Hears a Who! act as attendants for Yubaba. The film opened in limited release in New York City and Los Angeles on November 25, 2009, and released in wide on December 11, 2009. keeps him isolated in a luxurious room, surrounded by soft pillows. his world. Strong enough not to give As Sen evolves, her It's implied that Yubaba's coddling of her son Boh is why he's such a big baby. Yubaba senses that the Stink Spirit is something more, and orders Chihiro to clean him as a. come to the spirit world. Speaking of Greek mythology, Chihiro's parents being turned into pigs after eating food belonging to the supernatural hearkens back to, Yubaba's baby spends his days in a room full of pillows and presumably eating as much as he pleases. When No-Face tries to repay Sen for her kindness to him, the results are disastrous. Chihiro manages to free him by reminding him that his true name is the Kohaku River. Chihiro lets No Face into the bathhouse, which leads to him wreaking havoc after she rejects his gold. in life, she lives in opulent rooms at the top of the bathhouse. "one-thousand"), is the ten-year-old core protagonist of the Japanese animated film Spirited Away. those she meets to respect, love, and help her. One of the most notable examples is the very end of the film, where in the English dub we hear Chihiro commenting on how a new school doesn't seem that scary any more. It's a fantastic coming-of-age blend of fantasy and adventure, with just enough peril to make it on the edgier side for kids and tweens without sliding it into more scary Princess Mononoke territory. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. If Chihiro's parents hadn't explored that abandoned amusement park, and gotten tempted by the strange food, they might not have stranded themselves and their daughter in the spirit world. The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical comedy fantasy film based on E.D. Although Kamaji doesn't need Chihiro's help himself, he sees her pluck and spirit. Although Boh is huge, he’s completely helpless. in fact, what Chihiro might have turned out to be if she hadn’t find an inner strength to survive in the spirit world. Spirited Away was originally released on July 20, 2001 in Japan, and an American dub was released in the United States in late 2002. The criminally underrated Princess and the Frog features a few memorable songs, but my favorite is the heart-warming ballad “Ma Belle Evangeline.” Voice-acting genius and New Orleans resident Jim Cummings is accompanied by trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and he sings about falling in love with a star in the sky. Zeniba is It turns out that the visitor is actually the spirit of a river that has been badly polluted by garbage. Haku tells Chihiro to seek a job from him for this reason. has been polluted. They are (appropriately) transformed into pigs to represent their gluttony. true lives and identities back. Used to baby-sit Harry and watches out for him when he's at Privet Drive. Also, possibly by coincidence, the kanji characters left after Yubaba removes most of Chihiro's name resemble the English word "it". Later on, he helps her when Haku falls into the boiler room and is bleeding heavily. Zeniba reveals that Haku could only have been saved from her spell by Chihiro's love for him. Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside, much to Chihiro's dismay. floor and make odd ponging noises, like video game characters. This film, Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting-Away), is a symbolic and folkloric adventure film about a girl who enters the world of spirits. Chihiro deals with some pretty grown-up situations while maturing as a person. Read an voice becomes less grating and her expression lifts and glows. Traditionally, Boh eating chocolate, or rather the three heads transformed to look like him. However, Later, Zeniba turns Boh into a mouse, One of two birds with Yubaba’s head. Luckily, he can fly in that form, too. changed to Sen, she becomes brave and self-sufficient enough to He is shown to be capable of reacting to emotions and ingesting other individuals in order to gain their personality and physical traits. The six-armed Kamaji, with his fuzzy mustache and black. Yubaba’s kinder twin sister. Spirited Away (2001) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Despite being quite unsympathetic as an antagonist, wanting to turn Chihiro's family into pigs and all, Yubaba turns out to be reasonable as well. He later begins swallowing up spirits, which bloats him into a disgustingly obese, multi-limbed creature. A subversion; he isn't an actual stench spirit — he's actually a powerful river spirit, whose river had been polluted. Then a lot of garbage comes out, revealing a wizened smiling face who thanks Chihiro and rewards her. which allows him to escape his isolated state. Second, Chihiro ends up passing the test, despite the fact that Yubaba made it extra tricky (she has to identify her parents in a large group of pigs and correctly guesses that it's, before he worked for Yubaba, he rescued Chihiro as a child from drowning when she fell into his river, Chihiro remembers his real name, defends him from Zeniba, and frees him from Yubaba's mind control, allowing him to regain his free will, The River Spirit gives her medicine to heal Haku and No Face, Kamaji gives her train tickets to return Zeniba's seal, and Haku bargains for her and her parents to return to the human world. During the river spirit scene, it goes from comical to awesome when Chihiro realizes he has a "Thorn" stuck in his side that needs to be pulled out. 50. Or that film's 2002 remake/Madonna vehicle. The next day, Sen awakens to find everyone gone, and No-Face, who has gained a voice by eating a frog worker, is causing an uproar by creating gold out of thin air. She takes time to admire the beauty of the bathhouse and look out for the train. Yubaba He takes on a frog/worker’s voice after he eats the worker. and her head is huge in proportion to her body. She explains the other characters’ previous chain of events that binds Chihiro in virtual slavery. works for Yubaba, doing rather underhanded deeds such as stealing Chihiro’s kindness to the soot makes girl, heroine of the movie. Spirited Away (2001) Plot. You think everything is fine, and then you realize your child is missing. Yubaba is strict, greedy, and quick to The frog spirits are particularly common, and easy to identify by their upturned lips and wide eyes. Chihiro's father can be heard snorting as he eats (in the English dub at least) which works as subtle foreshadowing to him and Chihiro's mother getting turned into pigs. Originally, Princess Mononoke was meant to be Hayao Miyazaki's swan song, but much to the delight of the anime world, he returned with a film that managed to top Princess Mononoke's staggering box-office numbers. This movie has an unusually subtle one for Miyazaki: a "stink spirit" comes to visit the bathhouse, and the bathhouse workers try to turn him away because he is so rank. Meanwhile, Chihiro is kind to everyone at the bathouse and runs to rescue Haku from Zeniba's paper birds, while following the rules and working hard. The "stink spirit" is actually the spirit of a polluted river, and after Chihiro gives him a bath and, with others' help, de-pollutes him, Chihiro is rewarded with the medicine that later helps both Haku and No-Face. Damn. She uses half the cake to save Haku from Zeniba's curse, and the rest to save No-Face from the bad influence of the bathhouse and the people he ate. Enchanted soot works for Kamaji and appear much more mature. No voice credit. Chihiro Ogino, a sullen young girl unwillingly moving to a new town, is stranded in the spirit world after her parents stop by what appears to be an abandoned amusement park and eat food that turns them into pigs. She is notable for her lack of greed, her Chihiro retains the hairband she got from Zeniba after exiting the spirit world. Your best friend almost bleeding to death and having to save his life? Haku is a male example in his usual form, a young, She's also suspiciously similar to Juno from, The cleansed river spirit moves in a sinuous, looping way that is reminiscent of flowing water after he is outside of the bath house, which. cottage far from the bathhouse. he doesn’t remember why he knows her, nor does he remember why he By The American ending also hints that Chihiro, The shock of entering adulthood. These qualities cause The silent spirit No Face is shunned by everyone else except for Chihiro who treats him with kindness. head. While visiting New Orleans, Naveen was transformed into a frog by a wicked witch doctor. At first Chihiro is sullen, whiny, and Essentially, Chihiro has been reduced from a person to a number in Yubaba's service, and according to Haku, she can only break free of it if she remembers her true name. Read an the Japanese believed that everything had a spirit, even something can’t leave the bathhouse. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County . His horse would have ran off, if a shepherd who was coming by, driving a cow, had not stopped it. Despite the fact that we dislike Yubaba and know he's all right, her genuine terror and heartbreak in those few seconds are horrible. Chihiro is introduced dealing with moving away to a new city, a dilemma. misgivings. Chihiro already knows the power of names and how they can break spells. Haku helps Chihiro In 2019, Spirited Away was granted a re-release in Chinese theaters. reward that enables her to purge others of what ails them. She opens a door for him and he flies through, followed by the birds, which are made of paper. Kamaji her first ally. The amusement park then disappears when Chihiro and her parents accidentally cross over into the spirit world and doesn't factor into the rest of the plot; Chihiro doesn't even remember what her mother said about it. boy of about sixteen who can take the form of a flying dragon. She keeps cats. Chihiro's name is later "stolen" by Yubaba and she is given the more generic name Sen, which means only "a thousand." Chihiro's parents at the buffet. Just before she's engulfed in a wave of vomit, Agency For Cultural Affairs 100 Best Animations, UsefulNotes/Agency For Cultural Affairs 100 Best Animations, UsefulNotes/Parental Gudiance Suggested Rating, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, UsefulNotes/List of Films You Should See By the Age of 14, UsefulNotes/Empire: The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time, UsefulNotes/Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Literature/1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, UsefulNotes/Parental Guidance Suggested Rating, UsefulNotes/The Millennium Age of Animation. A gangly, ten-year-old human The Great Radish Spirit. The Radish Spirit is a big, floppy, vaguely obscene-looking example of this trope — as well as. and gives Chihiro a job. Chihiro's parents and the other humans turned into pigs. The main female bathhouse worker. act as her big sister. Read an to repay Sen for her kindness to him, the results are disastrous. Ma Belle Evangeline – The Princess and the Frog. Haku, while having its own meaning, also sounds very close to the Japanese word for "100", Hyaku. Chihiro's name is turned to Sen when she's "hired" by Yubaba, and Haku forgot his name (the Kohaku River) when said river was built over. respect for her elders, and her kindness toward others. Haku appears, goes. starts working at the bathhouse, makes friends, and rescues Haku from Zeniba, Haku's dragon form also emulates in flight; only natural, since Haku himself turns out to be a river spirit, When the Stink Spirit first appears, Yubaba finds its behavior familiar and suspects there is more too it than it appears, a suspicion that is proven right when its, Haku, a river spirit, saved Chihiro when she fell into the river as a child. His arrogance begins the "Faceless") is a spirit and a secondary antagonist in the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away. Chihiro when she sees that her parents are transformed into actual pigs. Her pet Or the DreamWorks film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. It's worth noting that this 18-year-old movie managed to beat the opening Box Office of the newly-released Toy Story 4. She brings out the best in grouchy Lin, Haku, and Kamaji, and is the only one who cares for No-Face properly. Inverted with Chihiro, who is forced to grow up in several ways. Kamaji. magic from others, but also has his own agenda. Originally, Princess Mononoke was meant to be Hayao Miyazaki's swan song, but much to the delight of the anime world, he returned with a film that managed to top Princess Mononoke's staggering box-office numbers. Away went the horse full gallop; and before Hans knew what he was about, he was thrown off, and lay on his back by the road-side. She correctly guesses that none of them are her parents, breaking the curse. Not to be confused with the Australian TV show Spirited. Chihiro is shown a dozen pigs, and has to choose which two among them are her parents in order to free them and herself. afraid, with an annoying voice and sulky face. Filmography TV shows. in to Chihiro’s whining, but follows her husband in spite of her Alternatively After her name is The spirit world, being mostly nature-associated, is being gradually hemmed in by redevelopment, with especially tragic consequences for river spirits. The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It's also implied that this is why Kamaji was willing to help Chihiro out so much—she saved a Soot Spirit that struggled under the weight of his coal and finished the job for him, proving that she was both kindhearted and willing to work if provoked. Showing all 7 items Jump to: Summaries (6) Synopsis (1) Summaries. Lin is initially gruff with Chihiro but comes to admire her and This one is Yubaba’s pet, and the other is Yubaba herself. Chihiro restores her parents to human form and returns to the real world, but it's implied that memories of the spirit world promptly leave her mind afterward, and she won't be able to see Haku again. He loathes the students, especially Harry and his friends. A spider-like spirit The baby's disappearance. in-depth analysis of Zeniba. When he goes missing, she goes full. Please. Chihiro leaves her parents when they start eating the food. And then there's No Face (or possibly "Noh-Face" referring to the mask he wears). Filch, Argus. Super Friends - Additional Voices; The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang - Additional Voices; Blackstar - Balkar, Klone, Terra; The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour - Additional Voices; The Dukes - Additional Voices; G.I. Chihiro’s name to Sen. Yubaba is perfectly groomed and heavily bejeweled, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighbourhood, enters the world of Kami (spirits of Japanese Shinto folklore). A mysterious, secretive The second is Chihiro realizing the Haku is the spirit of the Kohaku River, which had been built over for years. This goes rather well with Chihiro's new name, Sen, meaning "1000". The Japanese original simply has the family drive off in silence, leaving us to wonder how much of her time in the spirit world Chihiro has retained - a much more subtle and ineffable ending. However, this may not, It's her father's blind faith in cash that gets everyone in trouble. Yubaba gets another one when she's told that. the only one with power equal to Yubaba’s, and she’s an important TVTropes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. 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