that's the spirit
Susanna of Cut on the Bias was kind enough to email me a link to this review of Miyazaki-sensei's Spirited Away (official site) in the New York Daily News. And I'll take the opportunity to again plug the review by Hong Kong correspondent MKultra00 at Destroy All Monsters, which this morning linked to this Roger Ebert article on the master animator, in which Miyazaki has this to say:
"The people who make the movies are scared of silence, so they want to paper and plaster it over," he said. "They're worried the audience will get bored. They might go up and get some popcorn. But just because it's 80 percent intense all the time doesn't mean the kids are going to bless you with their concentration. What really matters is the underlying emotions--that you never let go of those."
Meanwhile, CNN provides this story. (A quibble: the headline, "Something new for Disney: Japanese anime," is redundant; anime is inherentlyJapanese, although you could say "Japanese animation.") CNN also links to the Entertainment Weekly review.)
Update: Spirited Away is Stomp Tokyo's featured review as well, and it links to Stomp Tokyo reviews of several other Studio Ghibli films.