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Spirited Away

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Source: Catholic News Service

Fantastical, animated adventure about a young Japanese girl (voice of Daveigh Chase) who, separated from her parents, goes through a mysterious tunnel and enters a nightmarish world of spirits and bizarre mythical creatures where she must learn to trust strangers and look within herself to find strength and courage. Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki's imaginative Japanese story, part "Alice in Wonderland," part "Wizard of Oz," takes some getting used to and may be too menacing for the very young, although less so for older, pre-teen youngsters. Some frightening images. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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