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Miyazaki spirits away Animation Oscar
Arthur J Pais | March 24, 2003 13:47 IST
An animated movie from Japan that did unimpressive business in America despite glowing reviews, ended up beating competitors Ice Age ($180 million US gross), Lilo & Stitch ($140 million), Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron ($80 million) and Treasure Planet ($38 million) to win Best Animated Movie Oscar.
Director Hayao Miyazaki's hit film from Japan, Spirited Away, grossed about $240 million worldwide of which only $6 million came from the US.
Though Spirited Away employed many American voices, including Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette and Lauren Holly, many Americans still perceive it as a foreign film. Sad at leaving her old neighbourhood, a 10-year-old wanders away from her parents on the road to their new abode, and suddenly finds herself in a world of strange creatures and crazy rules. The skinny girl undergoes various trials as her integrity, resourcefulness, courage and tenacity are tested in ways that would make even a strong adult give up.