I frequently obsess over great films and television.
"What you are talking about is desire - just brutal Desire. The name of that rattle-trap streetcar that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another."
"Haven't you ever ridden on that streetcar?"
I just wanted to say that I didn’t know Thresh. I only spoke to him once. He could have killed me, but instead, he showed me mercy. That’s a debt I’ll never be able to repay. (x)
I would just like to point out that the beginning and end of Spirited Away creep me out in the most delicious way possible. I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales, and not just the Grimm and Anderson stuff, almost all my life. Like the honestly faerie court stories.
Themes you see in those reflect strongly in this movie, and comparing them side by side just makes it that much more stark.
Often times you hear that if you get sucked into the fairy realm, you shouldn’t eat their food. It gives them power over you. More often than not, heroes finally escape the fairy realm after what they perceive to be a very short time (a night or a week)…
…only to find that seasons or years have passed.
‘Hey, it’s all dusty in here. Is this someone’s idea of a joke?’
CRAPPING SHIT I WHY HAVE I NEVER NOTICED THIS
This always freaked me out a little as a kid. Like the OP, I couldn’t help but wonder how long REALLY passed. I always pretended it was something like a week but… Judging by that moss, I can’t say for sure.
A week? Try much MUCH /MUCH/ longer. The plants are a good indicator but a better one is the statue. We’re seeing it from the same angle in each shot. Look in the first one before she enters, it’s not NEW but you can tell what it is.
Now look at the second frame. It’s so eroded it’s just a dull, flat stone.
That thing is solid stone, that must have taken up to, if not more than, a DECADE to wear down that much.
Not to mention that there are new trees next to the car. Just remember how long it actually takes for trees to grow real quick.
Evidence is suggesting they were in there for maybe around 20-30 years.
there is also the possibility that the place was fake in the beginning, creating an illusion of having been an open, clean entrance to lure you in, considering that the car seems unmarked besides a light layer of leaves covering it.
EDIT: Besides the possibility of western faerie lore elements (like the food in the realm holding power over you), this is also Maiyazaki whom we’re dealing with and he does tend to work in a lot of Japanese myth and lore, that isn’t always appearant at first.
I always thought that when I, uh… How do parents go on when they lose a child? You know, when I would see that stuff on the news, I’d shut it off, ‘cause it was just too horrible to think, but I would always think: how do they wake up every day? I mean, how do they breathe? But you do wake up. And for just a second, you forget. And then… oh, you remember. And it’s like getting that call again… and again, every time. You don’t get to stop waking up.