Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice Cast: Rumi Hiiragi
Plot: "During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts." - IMDB
How I discovered it: My friends in college. All I knew going into this film was that it was by the same creators as Princess Mononoke (one of my three favorite works of animation). While this one didn't grab me quite as much (it's more like my seventh favorite work of animation) it is still universally considered one of the greatest films to come out in our lifetimes.
Time Out London ranked it at #2 on its 100 Best Animated Movies list. On Empires 100 Best Films of World Cinema list, it made #10.
Take that La Dolce Vita (aka #11)
My Memorable Moment: The part that has always stood out to me is when ten-year-old Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs and she first stumbles into the bathhouse of the spirits and the gods. There is more imagination in this ten minute sequence than there is in an entire summer of Hollywood Blockbusters.
My friend, Susie, does not have a blog of her own so I asked her if there was a charity whose website she wanted me to put up here. She requested Barcs (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter) which is where she adopted her two perfect cats.