Last night we went to see Hayao Miyazaki's wonderful Spirited Away, one of the best films of the year, certainly the top animation, just nudging out Belleville Rendezvous, and towering above Finding Nemo. The film is brimming with potent imagination, both visual and in storyline. The environment is totally believable and the characters are human, even the non-human ones which dominate the film. It can be favourably paralleled with Alice in Wonderland in concept, but less manic and more amazing. I haven't been to a film in a long time that produced sounds of awe from the small audience. Perhaps The Return of the King will reproduce that experience... A good Miyazaki site is Nausicaa.net.