Sunday, January 20, 2002

Porco Rosso (Crimson Pig)

Genre: Action
General Audience
1992 Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli

Porco Rosso DVD with lots of extras
Porco Rosso Art Books & Manga
Porco Rosso Music
Porco Rosso Posters Etc.
Everything Porco Rosso

Kenryoku Maxis' Description:
Porco Rosso is a fun 'swash-buckling' pig living alone in an island somewhere near Italy during the time of Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime. His adventures include saving kindergarten kids from kidnapping and does so with his airplane. He is a good aviator. But as a good swash-buckling hero, Porco has himself a love interest, Gina, whose main rival is his love for flying. With this plus a new adventure to pursue fighting pirates, can Porco win?

Miyazaki pulls his favorite things together into one Movie. >>> by Kenryoku Maxis
What can I say, I have never seen a Miyazaki movie I didn't like. But this one is a lot different than his others. More comedic, more personal and also a new turn to the classical war picture where the guy gets the girl and wins over all. No, if there's anyone in this movie who has bad luck it's Porco himself. Porco is one of those characters who will joke about his personal problems and use his personality to do what has to be done. Now, as I can't call him a man since he was turned into a pig, I can say that the entire story is like your classical story of someone wanting to change who (or in this case what) he is, but very original in it's way of doing it. All the characters in this movie are very funny but also have sides to them which display their intentions. The American who is portrayed as Porco's rival is your typical dashing 1940's Movie star who feels he can win the girl with his charm and skill. The main female role of which their are two main women has many of the same traits as Porco, but feels that she can't let them be known because of something that happened in the past. And as for the other characters, well, the Pirates are hilarious as they are meant to be. The other main leading female is a young and very smart American girl who is in awe by Porco and...! You'll have to see the movie to enjoy it yourself. The graphics are beautiful like all of Miyazaki's movies but resemble those of Laputa the most. The planes and various action scenes are amazing, even for a movie made in the late 90's although this was made in 1988. All I have to say is this is a very fun movie that will appeal to kids for the humor and to adults for the beautiful themes and pure beauty in art.

Miyazaki scores another hit in my book.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 9; Characters 10; Sounds 10

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