I don’t want it; I don’t need it.
this scene is even more creepy when you realize Spirited Away was a metaphor for the sex industry in Japan
OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE!
NO IT WASN’T, YOU JACKASSES!
"Totoro’s about dead girls!"
"Spirited Away is about sex!"
You know what I hear?
"Maybe if I make up something that sounds smart, people will think I’m smart, even if it’s a complete fucking lie!”
Hayao Miyazaki is a man of values. He’s a man who believes in the innocence of childhood and has a wonderful imagination. He believes in simplicity, kindness, the beauty of nature, and the old ways. He draws on these beliefs and his personal experiences when he makes movies.
Spirited Away was made for some friends of Miyazaki’s. Specifically, the ten-year-old daughters of some friends he invited to stay at his vacation home. It’s fairly common for Miyazaki to decide that he’s going to make movies targeted at a specific age group. Ponyo is for five-year-olds. Spirited Away is meant for ten-year-old girls, but enjoyed by a much wider audience.
I repeat, SPIRITED AWAY WAS MADE FOR TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS.
The bathhouse? Not a brothel. Based on a bathhouse in his home town, which he thought was a place of mystery and wonder when he was a kid. That scene where the bathhouse staff has to clean the polluted river spirit? Based on Miyazaki’s own experiences of a town coming together to clean up a river. This scene? It’s about Chihiro not being greedy, because Chihiro is a positive role-model for ten-year-old girls.
The themes of Spirited Away are courage, strength of character, and individuality. ESPECIALLY individuality. That thing where Yubaba takes away peoples’ names and changes their species? That’s her taking away their individuality. Chihiro’s parents are now pigs, not people. Haku’s name has been shortened so he forgets who he is. When Yubaba changes Chihiro’s name, the only Kanji she leaves spell out “Sen”, the Japanese word for “one thousand”, meaning Chihiro is just another pawn of Yubaba’s, not her own person.
You want to seem cool and intelligent? Talk about the movie’s actual themes. Don’t make up this shock-value bullshit for attention.
You stupid motherfuckers.
Whoa hold on there sailor. Looks like someone doesn’t know about death of the author. No, we’re not killing people, not today anyways. Death of the author is the idea that the biography and intentions of the creator of a work of art mean Absolutely Nothing. Wow, that means once the art has left the artist everyone is on equal ground to interpret the work? That’s right, that means that Miyazaki’s interpretation of is own work is worth the same as your very own.
Crazy stuff huh?
Death of the author is called up a lot when you’re trying to tell someone about something despite the author being a terrible person.
“I know he’s a bigot, but Ender’s Game is really good.”
“Yeah he’s a douche, but The Smiths are a great band.”
However here we’re talking about the authorial intentions part. Here lets talk about paintings.
Here’s one by Claude Monet, you may have heard of him.
Go on click the link, then we can move on.
Did you look at it?
What did you think? Pretty heavy stuff huh? There’s like a face, and its blue…
Now did you know that painting is called Camille on Her Death Bed?
Did you Know that Camille was Claude Monet’s wife?
Did you Know that he painted that right after she died?
I bet you feel a bit different about the painting now don’t you? But, well you didn’t know the whole story the first time you saw it. So everything you felt about it before is completely invalid right?
The painting stands on its own and doesn’t need its own back story to be art and affect you. Same deal with anime movies.
So now that we forgot who Miyazaki was and all that “meant for kids” business, we can take a look at the film objectively.
Ok so we have this girl who’s loved one takes too much and can’t give it back, now they’re incapacitated. So the girl needs to take on demeaning work with strange men to bail out their loved one.
Oh wait that’s not right…
I got Spirited Away mixed up with the backstory of that prostitute Jin buys in Samurai Champloo. Oh well, turns out if you simplify them its the same story. Turns out its not that hard to make yourself look smart.
Robert McKee wrote in his book Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, “The story tells you its meaning. You do not dictate meaning to the story.”
Yeah, its only a theory about the film. But maybe you should be more open to other peoples interpretations rather than clapping your hands over your ears and screaming real loud so that other people won’t hurt your childhood.
Hey check that out I did it without swearing.