Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) (1992)
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Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this tale about a former World War I flying ace who is also a pig. Slouching toward middle age, Porco Rosso makes his living by flying about in his bright red bi-plane and fighting sky bandits who prey on cruise ships sailing the Adriatic. When he's not engaging in dogfights, this porcine pilot lives on a deserted island retreat. Porco Rosso was once a strapping young man, but after his entire squadron was wiped out, he was mysteriously transformed into a
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Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism.
...a near miss that nevertheless fares better than most of Miyazaki's output.
Funny and delightful throughout, even with very serious themes bubbling underneath the surface.
More action-packed and manga-style, but its predictable plot points (punch-ups and air-battles) are secondary to Miyazaki-esque scenes of women's work, the indifferent beauty of nature and war as nightmare.
That a pretty great adventure movie can rest comfortably alongside a strange tale of identity and morality... is proof enough that we're in the hands of a master storyteller
Animator/fabulist Hayao Miyazaki pays homage to Hollywood's wartime adventure films in this masterwork built around the adventures of a high-flying pig.
Combining exquisite animation, (slyly subverted) Boys' Own action, and (barely concealed) adult themes, Porco Rosso goes the whole hog, offering anti-war escapades that will appeal to all ages.
It's solid Miyazaki, although he has reached greater heights both before and since.
Miyazaki proves adept at evoking nostalgia as he his conjuring up entirely new worlds.
The action sequences in Porco Rosso are reminiscent of Herge's Tintin comics.
It's a film Miyazaki made for himself, to indulge his passion for seaplanes, and this personal enthusiasm comes through clearly.
Believe it or not, my latest favorite movie hero just happens to be a flying pig. I'm not kidding.
He does things his way, and he makes no apologies for having a snout. In fact, he's kind of smug about it.
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