I think the one word for this movie is culture shock. Ok, that's two words, but whatever. I watched it with my family last night, and it was the first anime movie we'd ever seen. I wouldn't recommend starting with it. I guess id you've seen other japanese movies it isn't so weird, but at the beginning ti was kinda spooky just because we were trying to orient ourselves. By the time Chihiro went up to Yubaba, it had stopped being scary and settled at just bizarre. My nine year old brother had no problem with it, but you should probably check it out before showing it to anyone under ten, as the spirit world is initially very disturbing- red lamps go on everywhere as it gets dark, shadowy spirits start to appear, and chihiro finds her parents, who had been eating at the only restaurant that had had food, were still there eating but had turned into pigs. Afterward, though, you kinda get used to just- well, the culture difference. The light touches are done well (for example, she tries to get a job in a boiler room and is refused, but then a little soot-spider drops the coal it's carrying and she rescues it. The boiler-room man appears to be starting to relent, so all the little soot-spiders pin themselves under their coal), much better than in, say, animal farm (a bizarre little chick that follows the other animals and keeps falling down). I found all the voices to be done pretty well, except, for some reason, chihiro's. The only other spooky thing is No-Face, but all in all, it's a pretty good movie. Just make sure your kids can handle it.