Princess Mononoke ★★★ 1998 (PG-13)
Stunning animated feature by Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki is a bit too long and graphic for small children, but is a mustsee for fans of anime. Dubbed into English by an allstar cast, the tale follows the plight of Ashitaka (Crudup), who tries to find some way to lift a curse inflicted upon him after he accidentally kills a rampaging forest spirit. He discovers the cause is the encroaching civilization of Iron Town, led by the cold Lady Eboshi (Driver) and its conflict with the forest spirits and their champion San (Danes)—the princess of the title. Also lending their voices are Billy Bob Thornton as a mischievous monk and Gillian Anderson as San's wolf protector. Became the first fea ture of any kind to gross over $150 million at the box office in its native Japan. 133m/C VHS, DVD. D: Hayao Miyazaki; W: Neil Gaiman; M: Joe Hisaishi; V: Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Minnie Driver, Gillian Anderson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Billy Bob Thornton.