The newest film from Hayao Miyazaki has already broken Japan's all-time box-office record, and on 20 September 2002 will open/opened in the U.S. ("Princess Mononoke," his previous film was the record-holder until it was surpassed by "Titanic.") Spirited Away's U.S. premiere is set for late 2002. Here's an excerpt from an AsiaWeek.com article describing the film:
Away centers on the Pollyanna-esque transformation...
[Ding! ding! ding! You said the magic word!]
of a sulky 10-year-old named Chihiro. She and her parents take a wrong turn on a drive and wind up in what seems like a deserted theme park.
[Undoubtedly the one and only Circe's Funhouse...]
When the grown-ups turn into pigs after tucking into a buffet that appears out of nowhere...
[...where they visit the All-U-Can-Eat Dessert Parlour!],
Chihiro must find a way to return them to human form."
won't give away any details about the film or the excellent transformation(s)
To learn more, visit the 'Sprited Away' website
(Note: the Spirited Away website will open in a new, separate window above the Funhouse.)
Funhouse fans can be found in far-flung climes, like "Oliver," a British teacher of English residing in Hiroshima, Japan. Oliver has petitioned Circe to be willingly transformed into a pig, preferably as enormously obese as possible (though hopefully not so fat that he can't keep the sows happy!), as long as she performs the transformation personally and slowly, and lets him watch every second of the process in a full-length mirror...
While he's waiting to learn if she will grant him his wish, why not E-mail him? In the meantime, Oliver has contributed the following Spirited Away artwork to the Funhouse, gleaned directly from books about the movie available only in Japan. Thank you Oliver -- and I'll be sure to put in a good word on your behalf with Circe!
And don't forget these images from this not-to-be missed TF epic, previously acquired from the internet :
Have a seat...
Dad chows down