Studio Ghibli’s Top 5 Films #1


Welcome back to my top 5 Studio Ghibli films! This is the final one… I know it’s sad. If you are new to this then start here. If you missed any you can check out #4 here #3 here and #2 here. I want to start off by say thank you to everyone who keeps coming back and reading these posts. Whether you agree with my choices or not please share this on Twitter or Facebook. These are meant to invoke conversation and I would love to continue to hear about your choices and what you wish was on this list.

For me this is the most obvious choice and it was the only film that I didn’t have to think  if I was making the right choice. So for the final time without further ado Hayo Miyazaki’s greatest masterpiece….

Number 1


“Spirited Away” winner of 2003’s Best Animated Feature Academy Award and supervised by John Lasseter himself for the English translation. “Spirited Away” takes all of the elements found in the Studio Ghibli films and blends them with love and precision. You will see some familiar creatures that you have grown to love such as dust sprites, old hags and Japanese spirits.

“Spirited Away” has an awesome English voice cast full of Disney Alumni; Daveigh Chase (Lilo from Lilo and Stitch), Susan Egan (Meg from Hercules), Jason Marsden (Max from A Goofy Movie) and John Ratzenberger (From every Pixar movie). Just an FYI I love Meg and think she needs to be a Disney Princess so I can say she is my favorite when I’m asked.

“Spirited Away” is a film about love in all its forms. New love, deep love for family and love for ones self. It is a great family film because it is a little weird, little creepy, has great pacing and a beautiful message.

The film also uses metaphors to talk about the economy, environment, generational divide and consumerism. How these metaphors are executed is part of the brilliance of “Spirited Away” and it would take a whole book to discuss the intricacies of what is being said.

“Spirited Away” is one of the best films ever made. It speaks to everyone on every level about real issues while never sacrificing entertainment, mystery and wonder. It is truly a masterpiece in every sense of the word. We are lucky to live in a time when we able to watch a film like this.

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About Dale Wentland

My Name is Dale Wentland. I am a father of 2 boys and have loved Disney films and Disney things since before my earliest memories. I live in Vancouver, BC which I am eternally grateful for and have a job that I love. I would list all the things I love but I have very eclectic tastes and feed off of others passion. Some examples are Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Dungeons and Dragons, Sports (Go Canucks Go) and comic books! Follow me on twitter @dalewentland.

Posted on July 23, 2015, in Dale Wentland and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. smilingldsgirl

    I agree with you. Also my favorite. It’s so unexpected and different.

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