Tales From Earthsea

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In the land of Earthsea, a mysterious force threatens to plunge humanity into destruction and chaos. A powerful wizard named Sparrowhawk seeks the source of his world's imbalance, and along the way rescues a runaway prince named Arren. When Sparrowhawk's powers begin to weaken, he and Arren must join forces with a former priestess and her daughter to defeat an evil foe whose quest for immortality will destroy Earthsea.

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Timothy Dalton
Sparrowhawk
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Cheech Marin
Hare
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Matt Levin
Arren
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Goro Miyazaki
Screenwriter
Keiko Niwa
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Yoji Takeshige
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Tamiya Terashima
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Critic Reviews for Tales From Earthsea

  • A flawed but ambitious film, full of potent mythic images — battling dragons; a shadowy doppelganger — but one that fails ultimately to resolve those images in a satisfying way.

    September 5, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • As dark as The Last Unicorn or The Dark Crystal, though a shade less lyrical.

    August 18, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • A workmanlike, humorless cartoon.

    August 13, 2010 | Full Review…
  • I came in to Tales from Earthsea hoping to be wowed, and came out half-asleep.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: C-
  • If this starchy, nearly two-hour allegory about human hubris bluntly addresses a historical moment when global warming threatens the planet and pollution is fouling the seas, its chilly, formal tone keeps you at an emotional distance.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tales From Earthsea

  • Jul 18, 2013
    The feature debut of Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki is the weakest offering thus far from the prestigious Studio Ghibli. Far from a bad movie but completely unremarkable and ineffectual in every sense. The animation is good as always (even if it is far from the studio's most notable works) and the Western European settings give the effort a unique look, but most of the film's pros end there. The characters are shallow, boring, and Prince Arren is the most disturbing Studio Ghibli protagonist to date (In the first five minutes Arren murders his father in cold blood for absolutely no reason!?!). The story is also very un-eventful, lacking in action (the dragon you see on the poster is only in the movie for a little bit in the beginning and the end), humor, or majestic grandeur (Goro's direction emulates his father's style competently but lacks the warm soul or youthful invigoration). It also doesn't help that the script feels like it was put through a blender and re-assembled from scratch, making the narrative feel not only thin but scatterbrained as well (the slavery sub-plot is inexplicably dropped after ten minutes). Shockingly mediocre and drab, 'Tales from Earthsea' is Goro's not-so-promising first endeavor into filmmaking. Let's hope he improves in his next project.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    The story telling seems to become lost in translation with the amazing artwork and animation. It is quite the shame because studio ghibli is known for both. Try as i might i could not find myself enjoying this. the writting just isn't there.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2011
    4.7/10 Hayao Miyazaki has collaborated with Studio Ghibli and made some of the best animated features out there. "Spirited Away" is one of my favorite films, as well as one of the very best in the animated category. Now, his son has begun to direct. His name is Goro Miyazaki, and he continues his dad's legacy by working with the same Animation Studio, and of course, still working with Anime. But why wouldn't he? That's a question that does not need to be answered. If you want a question that NEEDS to be answer, then consider my questioning of just how much young Goro inherited from his father. His first film, "Tales from Earthsea", is an adaptation of a series of novels (something that the Miyazaki's are not exactly new to). It has some dazzling images, solid (if not inferior) animation, and breezy story-telling and characters. That's great and all, but Goro is not his dad; and it shows. But he doesn't want to be. This is merely an ambitious new animated mind using whatever technology he has at his disposal. He uses it well; his film looks good. But Hayao Miyazaki is a great story-teller; while Goro Miyazaki...just isn't. This film captures the lesser fascinating side of Western Animation; the side that I tend to avoid. What I expected was an interesting and entertaining animated debut from the son of Hayao Miyazaki, but what I got was ultimately nothing short of a boring, tedious, mostly uninvolving, and essentially generic Anime feature-film that should have been saved for a two-hour television block. It would have worked better there. This film advertises itself being about dragons; with a DVD cover and a surplus of posters featuring a dragon, as well as many synopsis' detailing the story (in a brief matter) to be about dragons and dragonology. While there are some dragons in this film, they don't show up enough for the flick to be all about them. What "Tales from Earthsea" is about: a journey lead by a sorcerer and a young boy. They find solace at a farm-house, whilst trying to avoid some authorities who are sent out by the villain of the story. The problem here is not the pacing; the film moves along breezily enough for most viewers to get some enjoyment out of it. But what this film lacks is the characters and complexity that you'd expect out of a film directing by Hayao Miyazaki's son. None of the characters here strike me as memorable, worth-my-time, or particularly clever. The story itself is just way too simplistic, and lacks the themes of loss, love, fantasy, and magic that inhabited past Studio Ghibli films. This one isn't bad, but there's not enough back-up from direction or vision to give it that extra kick that it ever-so needed. I won't deny that "Tales from Earthsea" looks fine. Studio Ghibli has some damn good animators, and while the animation here isn't as fascinating as the animation on display in Hayao Miyazaki's films, there are some good images to be found here. None of them are memorable, and of course, none of them are whimsical or artistic. But I do like what this film is at least trying to do; it just doesn't deliver that rich visual or emotional experience that Hayao Miyazaki's works tend to deliver. This film is not sad, beautiful, or tragic enough to be good or memorable. It's a decent movie, and can be entertaining, but for the most part it was uninvolving to the core. I have no problem with "Tales from Earthsea", and I see that there was effort put into it, but something about it just didn't feel right; and that was enough for me to lose a good amount of my animated appetite. *I should also mention that this film has some fine voice-work support from Timothy Dalton and Willem Dafoe. The voice-work doesn't save the film, per se, but it's a nice touch. And as always, the dubbing doesn't suck big-time, which is always good, right?
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2011
    Studio Ghibli Project 3 Directed by Gorō Miyazaki and voices by Bunta Sugawara, Okada Junichi, Aoi Teshima and Jun Fubuki. Let me just say this was my number 1 film to see in 2006 after seeing the trailer and the pictures they were posting on websites and the movie looked amazing! And after hearing Therru's song I knew I was going to love this so much and this time it was Goro Miyazaki directing, But no. The film in all accounts failed to the point I just wanted to cry I mean really? Same thing happened with 2010's Antichrist I just about walk out of this really boring and dull movie so or lots were calling a masterpiece. I must say it's too bad that the talent that his father has doesn't get past throw genres or we could be looking at one of the best movies ever made. It's just so sad. To just say something I had no idea what the story was about? It's just one thing to another and it just really screwed the movie all the way. Even the ending didn't make much...well I didn't even understand It, what the hell happened? [IMG]http://i55.tinypic.com/2enby8m.jpg[/IMG] 5/1% for story: it's really dull and boring and slow the only good part is listening to Therru's beautiful song and then that's it. I read all the books and to me this movie and the books shouldn't even be called related. 15% for voices and dubbing: They sometimes sound good but then it just hits downhill from there. Not the worst but in the bottom ten. 90% for visuals and animation: truly the amazing part about this dull movie has all the designs for a normal Ghibli film and some epic landscapes but that's just it. 20% for characters: I mean they look fantastic and there amazingly design but I hated them all but the two leads ones Aaron and Therru. 30% for everything else: Not sure what else I should say? [IMG]http://i54.tinypic.com/iyecz7.jpg[/IMG] But by the end I don't know why I was so looking forward to seeing this? Goro you don't have talent and please do not make an animated version on Joe D'Amato Endgame (He is considering it). Keiko's score 29-100
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