Spirited Away (film) A 10-year-old girl, Chihiro, discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost and venture through a hillside tunnel. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, Chihiro must fend for herself as she encounters strange spirits, assorted creatures, and a grumpy sorceress who seeks to prevent her from returning to the human world. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Limited North American release on September 20, 2002, with an expanded release on September 27. 125 min. Produced by Studio Ghibli in Japan; John Lasseter of Pixar supervised the dubbed version for American audiences. Voices include Daveigh Chase (Chihiro), Suzanne Pleshette (Yubaba, Zeniba), Jason Marsden (Haku), Susan Egan (Lin), David Ogden Stiers (Kamaji), Lauren Holly (Chihiro’s mother), Michael Chiklin (Chihiro’s father), John Ratzenberger (assistant manager), Tara Strong (Boh). Originally released in Japan on July 20, 2001, as Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi. The film was the highest-grossing film in Japan in 2001. It won the Academy Award as Best Animated Feature. Released on video in 2003.