Top 17 Spirited Away Movie Details

While searching the internet for Spirited Away movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

In Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Chihiro mentions losing her shoe in a river. In one of Miyazaki's other films, My Neighbor Totoro, Satsuke briefly sees an abandoned shoe floating around in the river.
In Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Chihiro mentions losing her shoe in a river. In one of Miyazaki's other films, My Neighbor Totoro, Satsuke briefly sees an abandoned shoe floating around in the river.

When Chihiro forces Haku to take his medicine in his dragon form in 'Spirited Away' (2001), Director Hayao Miyazaki had his animators study the way a dog would resist taking its medicine and based Haku's struggling off that.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) is visible on a pillow in Boh's room.
    Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) is visible on a pillow in Boh's room.
  • 1 - The magic paper that's trying to get to Hakku by following Sen makes a cone shape near her ear so she'll hear the voices in the next room and find Hakku.
    The magic paper that's trying to get to Hakku by following Sen makes a cone shape near her ear so she'll hear the voices in the next room and find Hakku.

Hidden Details

1 - Zeniba uses a paper doll to project a hologram of herself to interact with the other characters. Since the paper doll is missing an arm, so is the projection. (real Zeniba for comparison)
Zeniba uses a paper doll to project a hologram of herself to interact with the other characters. Since the paper doll is missing an arm, so is the projection. (real Zeniba for comparison)
1 - The hopping lamp that guides Chihiro to Zeniba's house is a hidden tribute to Pixar Studios.
The hopping lamp that guides Chihiro to Zeniba's house is a hidden tribute to Pixar Studios.
1 - You can see the loose spikes in the plank before it breaks.
You can see the loose spikes in the plank before it breaks.
1 - Chihiro still has the bobble that the sorceress gave her after she left the land of the spirit as a proof that she wasn't a dreaming
Chihiro still has the bobble that the sorceress gave her after she left the land of the spirit as a proof that she wasn't a dreaming
1 - When Chihiro visits her parents as pigs she says, "Mom! Dad! It's me Sen!" because she's already forgotten her own name.
When Chihiro visits her parents as pigs she says, "Mom! Dad! It's me Sen!" because she's already forgotten her own name.
1 - Her tie sparkled when she turned her head to her family. It protected her from going back or a harmful idea.
Her tie sparkled when she turned her head to her family. It protected her from going back or a harmful idea.

Chihiro bathes a sludge monster that happens to be the spirit of a polluted river. Once cleaned, the spirit thanks Chihiro and transforms into the body of a white dragon. Haku turns into a dragon later in the film which foreshadows him being the spirit of the Kohaku river.

Chihiro lags behind her mom and has to run to catch up, due to her shorter stride, despite a similar step-count

Chihiro's dad is driving and slams on the brake pedal. However, you can see there is a third pedal in the footwell, meaning it has a manual transmission. In reality, hitting the brake without also hitting the clutch would stall the car and in the movie, it doesn't.

The train is carrying people who have died to the afterlife. As Chihiro leaves, it's shown there is a young spirit girl waiting for someone who never got on the train.

1 - The Radish Spirit rides past his floor so that Chihiro doesn't have to travel through the bathhouse alone.
The Radish Spirit rides past his floor so that Chihiro doesn't have to travel through the bathhouse alone.
1 - Her tie sparkled when she turned her head to her family.
Her tie sparkled when she turned her head to her family.
Spirited Away poster
Spirited Away poster

Spirited Away Plot: During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Spirited Away, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Spirited Away and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Director Hayao Miyazaki
Main Actors Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naitô
IMDB score 8.6