Giveaway: Take Your Family to See "Spirited Away"

Win tickets to see Hayao Miyazaki’s magical adventure “Spirited Away" on the big screen, plus more cool gifts! By Amanda Nojadera
Topics: Screen Time
Giveaway: Take Your Family to See "Spirited Away"

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece Spirited Away is about a 10-year-old girl who enters the spirit world to rescue her parents when they're turned into pigs by a witch. This magical adventure for kids age 9 and up features spooky stuff like monsters, witches, and spirits. Though it may be too scary for younger kids, there are plenty of positive messages about courage, perseverance, humility, and gratitude. As part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2017, which brings several Hayao Miyazaki movies to the big screen this year, Spirited Away will be shown in select theaters nationwide on Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 1. Find out if it's showing near you.

For a chance to win tickets and a gift pack, leave a comment explaining why you love Spirited Away. Enter below by Monday, Oct. 23, at 9 p.m. PST, and we’ll email you the following day if you’ve been selected! Each winner will get:

Good luck -- and remember, we don’t collect email addresses from kids under 13!

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Adult written by snicholson46

Spirited Away is a magical tale of courage, resourcefulness, unselfishness and love. My children are close to the same age as Chihiro. I feel they would be enchanted and inspired by this film.
Educator and Parent written by Teacher327

As a teacher, parent, and grandparent, I am always looking for ways to reach out to my children and students in positive ways. The movie, Spirited Away, seems to be the type of movie I would love sharing with my 16 year old twin boys who embrace movies that have positive and encouraging messages as opposed to the many movies that are out containing negative messages.
Parent of a 8 and 11 year old written by Jeremy L.

With today’s media overload it is difficult to find cartoons that I can watch with my kids and enjoy. I have tried watching Naruto and similar anime with my kids but my son and daughter have completely different interests and most cartoons today fail to interest me as well. Every Studio Ghibli film I put on in my house is a joy for the whole family and always entertains both my son and daughter. Spirited Away was the first Miyazaki film I watched when I was a kid and I immediately got sucked into the art (I love when Chihiro first enters the park and the wind blows across the grass) and the world left me wanting more. Now as an adult you will find my house littered with miscellaneous Ghibli characters and I painted a large mural of Totoro and the crew sitting on a tree branch fishing into a river on the wall of my kids playroom. I have never seen any of the movies on the big screen but I imagine it would be a fantastic opportunity!
Educator and Parent written by flickproducer

I asked one of my daughters to share her thoughts since she is our family's BIG Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki fan. "I love all of the wonderful works of Hayao Miyazaki... every one of his films are a beautiful masterpiece & leave you feeling happy & nostalgic inside. Spirited Away is one of my all time favorites because it is full of adventure and has such a lovely message. I feel centering the story on a young girl who is extremely vulnerable in her situation is a very relatable one, and it touches my heart. Definitely one of the most authentically beautiful films Miyazaki has ever made."
Parent of a 12 and 13 year old written by Sherilyn R.

Spirited Away is a beautiful and veiled political movie. (Personally my favorite kind of movie) I love movies/music/art that make you think and try to figure out the meaning of the message. Spirited Away is definitely an amazing example of that. ~Spoilers~ Now on to the best character No Face! At first No Face concerned me, scared me, and then elicited my sympathies. (Love it) The dust bunnies are freakin' adorable! And my favorite scene is the "stink monster" one. I just loved that Chihiro works so hard to help out the monster, and Yubaba and the others jump in to help out. Then it turns out to be a spirit that got overrun by trash! That's probably what's wrong with society today. The spirits can no longer hear or help us because of our consumerist greed and pollution. Anyway great movie!
Parent of a 12 and 18+ year old written by Mark E.

We love all of Miyazaki's films. Spirited Away has wonderful lessons for my kids. Paying your dues, working your way into trust, honoring your family, being there for your friends. One of Chihiro's most powerful qualities is PERSEVERANCE -- She will not allow the memory of her family be lost in the spirit world! As an adult viewer, I lost myself in the spirit world, and forgot about the parents! Chihiro is quiet yet powerful, subtle yet unafraid of challenges. All qualities I wish to see my children develop into adulthood.
Parent written by Terri V.

Honestly, I don't know anything about "Spirited Away" yet, but I know I WILL love it! What a great message and engaging way to share it! And, I am very excited to find out that the movie will be playing next weekend at the local theater in our rural town in southwestern Virginia. Can't wait!
Parent of a 9 and 10 year old written by Jim P.

We are fans of all of Hayao Miyazaki's films! My son loves Castle in the Sky, and my daughter enjoys Up on Poppy Hill, but we all love My Neighbor Totoro the most. Spirited Away used to be too intense for my kids, but they are engaging with it well at 9 and 10 years old. As they have developed a better understanding of the themes and style that appear in his films, they look for those moments and their meaning. The screen time devoted to sky and clouds is a nod to the universal effect of nature's beauty on us all. In each movie, Miyazaki devotes screen time to trash and human waste as part of the landscape. This illustrates the tension between man, the world and how each affects the other. My kids see both nature's reach and man's effect on it in Spirited Away, and we talk about why they are included. The symbolism used to show this is becoming more clear to them, and now they look for it in other media too. Both children have a greater understanding of the value of ecology, due in part to this awareness. The other elements of Sprited Away that continue to grow on us all include integrity and personal growth. Think of all the moments that our plucky hero Sen/Chihiro chooses her actions based on what is right. She has guidance at several turns, but it is her strength of will and integrity that earns her the loyalty and respect of the other characters, even her greatest antagonists. The lessons are valuable: Do the right thing, even if it is the most difficult path to follow. Trust in yourself and your knowledge of yourself. Be loyal to your family and to your friends, even if they have flaws or make mistakes. If you make mistakes, ask for forgiveness. Offer others the same grace and consideration. It's OK to speak directly and honestly to others about what is important, even if you are a child and they are an adult. Step past your human flaws (gluttony, pride, fear, avarice) and embrace what is really important (love and respect of others, your friends, your family and yourself). Take responsibility for yourself, and ask the same of others. Finally, Miyazaki uses the beautiful art, fascinating references to the culture of Japan, and the wonder of magic to sweep us along into the power of the story. I love that we learn to embrace the symbolism and meaning of a culture that we only now begin to understand through these experiences. I wish for anyone reading this to dive deep into the world of Hayao Miyazaki, in Spirited Away or any other of his thought provoking films!

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