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Take flight with PORCO ROSSO, a valiant World War I flying ace! From tropical Adriatic settings to dazzling aerial maneuvers, this action-adventure from world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki is full of humor, courage, and chivalry. When "Porco" -- whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell -- infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a rival pilot, to "get rid" of him. On the ground, the two pilots compete for the affections of the beautiful Gina. But it is in the air where the true battles are waged. Will our hero be victorious? Featuring extraordinary voice talents, this 2-disc set is a thrilling ride you'll never forget!~~(c) 1992 Nibariki - GNN
Porco Rosso (The Crimson Pig, 1992) ranks as Hayao Miyazaki's oddest film: a bittersweet period adventure about a dashing pilot who has somehow been turned into a pig. Miyazaki once said, "Initially, it was supposed to be a 45-minute film for tired businessmen to watch on long airplane flights... Why kids love it is a mystery to me." The early 1930s setting enabled Miyazaki to focus on the old airplanes he loves, and the film boasts complex and extremely effective aerial stunts and dogfights. In the new English dub from Disney, Michael Keaton as Porco delivers lines like "All middle-aged men are pigs" with appropriate cynicism, but his voice may be too familiar for some Miyazaki fans. Susan Egan makes a curiously distant Gina, the thrice-widowed hotel owner bound to Porco by years of friendship; Kimberly Williams is more effective as the irrepressible young engineer Fio. Porco Rosso may be an odd film, but Miyazaki's directorial imagination never flags. (Rated PG: violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
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I am a fan of Miyazaki and his studio Ghibli movies. The America cast enjoys their work and make this a fun movie. I keep returning to how beautiful the world is in a Studio Ghibli, movie with the result that this one is like being entertained by an animated museum. One telling you a 1930s era swashbuckling adventure yarn.
The basic set up is that we are in the Mediterranean Sea, between World War I and nearing World War II. Our hero Porco Rosso, it means the Scarlet pig, is a former Italian fighter pilot turned into a human pig, we never find out exactly why. He lives alone on an island, making his living as a bounty hunter and good guy for hire. All of the local flying pirates are afraid of him and so band together to bring in a hired bad guy from America to deal with our hero. There is a strong willed Lady Love interest and a much younger female airplane engineer and a wide variety of fun minor characters.
Virtually everyone flies seaplane. All of them wonderfully drawn and giving Miyazaki extra opportunities to give us clouds and landscapes and things beautiful. Along with this are a number of fairly standard Miyazaki themes. An over eager talented young lady, goofy if sentimental bad guys, hints of a larger and intruding political world and a trio of scene stealing older women.
Of the DVD extra features, the scenes with the American voice actors are fairly routine and the original story boards may appeal to some but I got bored. The best was the interview with the Japanese producer. For me this was a chance to see studio Ghibli at work even if most of what was said iwas typical DVD movie making off stuff.
Like the movie teasers say: A pig has gotta fly.
No one captures the spirit and majesty of powered human flight quite like Hayao Miyazaki, and this movie really captures that essence with all of the charm and beauty that we've come to expect from the great master.
Its hard to really review a movie without spoilers, so I'll pretty much leave it at that as far as story goes.
Cary Elwes does a great job as Porco's rival. I don't know how I feel about Michael Keaton's performance. I would compare it to Billy Bob Thornton's performance in Princess Mononoke. They were both just sort of monotone. A little too...I dunno, awkward sounding? It wasn't especially naturalistic is what I'm saying.
However, that didn't really take away from the movie as a whole. Just one small negative in an overwhelming sea of positive.
In short: If you love Miyazaki, if you love airplanes, if you love fun, you will love this movie.
Also there is a character named Donald who wants to be President of the United States, which is hilarious in hindsight.
porco rosso is a great movie about a war hero who only thinks of his work and has come to terms with a spell that was put on him by an evil witch and the how it affects the ones he loves and how it saved him . great movie by disney and studio ghibli
its a hayao miyazaki master piece
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While I wouldn't call this a comedy, the humor throughout it keeps the movie with a good balance of light-hearted and serious. If you are looking for something that is a good mix of humor, drama, and action then this is an excellent choice.
I can't go through a review of this movie without mentioning the music. Because of how well Joe Hisaishi matches the feel of the movie with the music he adds, this movie is able to be at its peak.
With all its varied and interesting components put together this movie turns out to be something well worth getting and well worth the watch.
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