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<p>DH really loved the movie <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Spirited Away</span> by Studio Ghibli. But, our local video place lost their copy and then they unexpectedly closed, and we have nowhere to rent it. I've been thinking of getting it for him for Christmas. The kids like it well enough, but it's not their favourite Ghibli film.</p>
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<p>The others that dh enjoyed quite well are <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Howl's Moving Castle</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ponyo</span>, especially <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Howl's</span>. The kids loved both of these.</p>
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<p>We haven't seen <span style="text-decoration:underline;">My Neighbor Totoro</span>, but I also want to get it, as it sounds like they'd probably love it. (We have <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Kiki's Delivery Service</span> on VHS, and they love it. DH doesn't care for it that much, though.)</p>
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<p>I was planning to give <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Spirited Away</span> to dh for Christmas (I usually end up getting him at least one DVD, which is kind of strange in some ways, as tv isn't a big priority of his, but I get the stuff he enjoys - Monty Python, a hokey old Christmas movie, etc.). Now, I'm thinking I should order another one...or two...Ghibli films at the same time. But, the one he really loves is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Spirited Away</span>, and, in some ways, the others would be more for the kids than for dh, although he does enjoy them. So, I'm trying to decide how to allocate these.</p>
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<p>Dunno.  But Totoro is a lovely movie.  Probably more for the kids (zero conflict).  Nausicaa and Princess Mononke are good too and a little more adult.</p>
 

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<p>Personally I would go out and buy as many  Hayao Miyazaki movies as I could find for the whole family for Christmas. But then we all love those movies. </p>
 
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>limette</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280112/christmas-present-question-dh-or-family#post_16054091"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Nausicaa and Princess Mononke are good too and a little more adult.</p>
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<br><br><p>DH didn't really care for either of them. They aren't my favourites, either. I didn't like Princess Mononoke at all (had heard so many good things that I thought I'd really love it), and Nausicaa wasn't as good as I was expecting. Castle in the Sky was a letdown, too. We seem to like the ones meant more for kids.</p>
 

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<p>Have you seen The Cat Returns?</p>
 

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<p>No - I hadn't even heard of that one.</p>
 

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<p>It's worth checking out. It's one of our favourites.</p>
 

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<p>I voted for Spirited Away for DH and others for the family/kids but we usually get one movie per family member at Christmas anyway.</p>
 

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<p>I was originally going to give them all to dh, but I'm starting to lean to giving him just the one, and making the others a family gift. That seems to be the overall consensus here, too.</p>
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<p>I've never wanted to get him a movie that the rest of the family was interested in before! Last year, he got <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Santa Claus Conquers the Martians</span>, which is just <em>awesomely</em> bad. The kids enjoyed it, too...but it was definitely meant for dh!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MusicianDad</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280112/christmas-present-question-dh-or-family#post_16054109"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Personally I would go out and buy as many  Hayao Miyazaki movies as I could find for the whole family for Christmas. But then we all love those movies. </p>
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I totally agree.</p>
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<p>DH goes to NYC for work sometimes and there is this amazing Japanese bookstore that has all the Miyazaki stuff, including all the Japanese promotional stuff that goes with the movies. It took just about all of my willpower to not buy a 2-foot-tall plush camphor tree with a troupe of little Totoros inside. DH will be going back next week and I'm trying to talk him into buying it for dd for Christmas!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ecoteat</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280112/christmas-present-question-dh-or-family#post_16054845"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MusicianDad</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280112/christmas-present-question-dh-or-family#post_16054109"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Personally I would go out and buy as many  Hayao Miyazaki movies as I could find for the whole family for Christmas. But then we all love those movies. </p>
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<p>DH goes to NYC for work sometimes and there is this amazing Japanese bookstore that has all the Miyazaki stuff, including all the Japanese promotional stuff that goes with the movies. It took just about all of my willpower to not buy a 2-foot-tall plush camphor tree with a troupe of little Totoros inside. DH will be going back next week and I'm trying to talk him into buying it for dd for Christmas!</p>
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I know someone with a massive Totoro plush that is at least 6 feet tall. It's awesome.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MusicianDad</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280112/christmas-present-question-dh-or-family#post_16054189"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Have you seen The Cat Returns?</p>
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<p>I'm not really crazy about TCR. But I LOVE Whisper of the Heart (the quasi-prequel to TCR).  Love it!! </p>
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<p>Howls, Whisper and Porco Rosso are probably my fave Miyazaki.  Spirited Away is good, but not <em>as</em> good IMO.  Love Totoro.  Was disappointed with Nausiica and Mononoke as well.</p>
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<p>As for the OPs question, I'd either get Howls for everybody or get him Spirited Away and then one of the others for the rest of the family.  It just depends on your budget, availability and whether you want to stick with your tradition of getting him his own DVD. </p>
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<p>I'm pretty sure Netflix has at least some Miyazaki available to check them out.  I know they have Totoro, not sure what else they have. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ecoteat</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280112/christmas-present-question-dh-or-family#post_16054845"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MusicianDad</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280112/christmas-present-question-dh-or-family#post_16054109"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Personally I would go out and buy as many  Hayao Miyazaki movies as I could find for the whole family for Christmas. But then we all love those movies. </p>
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<p>DH goes to NYC for work sometimes and there is this amazing Japanese bookstore that has all the Miyazaki stuff, including all the Japanese promotional stuff that goes with the movies. It took just about all of my willpower to not buy a 2-foot-tall plush camphor tree with a troupe of little Totoros inside. DH will be going back next week and I'm trying to talk him into buying it for dd for Christmas!</p>
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Is it Kinokuniya? I haven't been to the NYC store, but I've been to others. Usually I prefer small, independent bookshops but Kinokuniya is an amazing bookstore. </p>
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<p>Storm Bride, we love Studio Ghibli movies too, and own quite a few. The kids like to host sleepover Miyazaki film festivals for their friends. For Christmas though, I'd stick with buying the one film you know will make a good present for your DH. Unless you usually buy DVDs for your children too as a Christmas tradition, or it makes sense due to shipping costs or something like that, I'd spend those $ on something else. </p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MusicianDad</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280112/christmas-present-question-dh-or-family#post_16054109"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Personally I would go out and buy as many  Hayao Miyazaki movies as I could find for the whole family for Christmas. But then we all love those movies. </p>
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<p>DH goes to NYC for work sometimes and there is this amazing Japanese bookstore that has all the Miyazaki stuff, including all the Japanese promotional stuff that goes with the movies. It took just about all of my willpower to not buy a 2-foot-tall plush camphor tree with a troupe of little Totoros inside. DH will be going back next week and I'm trying to talk him into buying it for dd for Christmas!</p>
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Is it Kinokuniya? I haven't been to the NYC store, but I've been to others. Usually I prefer small, independent bookshops but Kinokuniya is an amazing bookstore. </p>
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<p>Storm Bride, we love Studio Ghibli movies too, and own quite a few. The kids like to host sleepover Miyazaki film festivals for their friends. For Christmas though, I'd stick with buying the one film you know will make a good present for your DH. Unless you usually buy DVDs for your children too as a Christmas tradition, or it makes sense due to shipping costs or something like that, I'd spend those $ on something else. </p>
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We have a kinokuniya inside the Uwajimaya in Seattle. I love that store. I wish I got up to it more often.<br>
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<p>I voted Spirited Away for your dh and another movie for the family. If you order through Amazon.com, two DVDs might be enough to get the free super saver shipping. <span><img alt="orngbiggrin.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>We loved My Neighbor Totoro.</span></p>
 

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<p>hmm...I want to get Howl's, Ponyo and Totoro...can't afford  all of them, though. I may pull a piece of paper out of an envelope or something, because I can't choose! I think I'm going to get Spirited Away for dh, and then pick one of the others for the kids. I'll get another one next year or something. (If we didn't have approximately 8,000,000 stuffies, I'd get the Ponyo plush set.)</p>
 

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<p>My family loves "Spirited Away"!!!!  I'm so glad that there are others that love it too.  They also love "Ponyo". </p>
 

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<p>My vote is get Spirited Away and at least Totoro. I <3 Totoro. I also like Spirited Away. I thought Ponyo was good, but the chicken feet kinda weirded me out and I thought the storyline could have been a little more fleshed out. The kids really liked it, though. Totoro is such a beautiful movie, though. Really special.</p>
 
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