Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) (2010)

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From famed Japanese animators Studio Ghibli comes "Tales from Earthsea," a sweeping adventure set in a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment. An epic tale of redemption and self-discovery, the story follows the journey of Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk (voice of Timothy Dalton), the master wizard, as he searches for the force behind a mysterious disturbance that has caused an imbalance in the land of Earthsea-suddenly crops and livestock are dwindling, dragons have reappeared and humanity … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violent images)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Goro Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa, Ursula K. Le Guin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 8, 2011
Box Office: $48.0k
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site

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Cast


as Ged (Japanese)

as Sparrowhawk

as Prince Arren (Japane...

as Prince Arren

as Theru (Japanese)

as Usagi (Japanese)

as Cob (Japanese)

as Tenar (Japanese)

as The King (Japanese)

as Vendor (Japanese)

as Hazia dealer (Japane...

as The Queen (Japanese)
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Critic Reviews for Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea)

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10)

A workmanlike, humorless cartoon.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
New York Times
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The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
New York Post
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The themes and memorable imagery in Earthsea will be familiar to fans of Studio Ghibli, but the storytelling and animation are a step behind.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's a whole lot going on in the Japanese anime fantasy Tales From Earthsea, so why is it such a bore?

August 13, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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Abstruse and confusing, Tales from Earthsea's story grows increasingly blurry the closer it gets to what should be a deeply satisfying conclusion.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea)

½

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 Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

½

Eh, let's just call Tales from Earthsea a case of growing pains for Goro Miyazaki.

It's not a bad movie. It's just unremarkable in every way. It doesn't have the creativity, emotional depth, or beauty of Spirited Away, the visual wonder of Howl's Moving Castle, the scope of adventure of Castle in the Sky, the lovable characters of Kiki's Delivery Service, or the sheer delight and fun of Ponyo.

If I had to choose a defining feature for Earthsea, I honestly don't know what it would be. The music is fine, but nothing extraordinary. The character designs and artwork are dangerously close to generic, the story lacks tension and feels almost inconsequential, and the writing is bland. Where's the heart? Where's the humor, the passion, or something that would draw me into the narrative?

I found myself not caring much about what was happening, and more concerned with how much time was left until the movie was over, than anything else. My expectations for Studio Ghibli are far too high to embrace a movie like this that barely scrapes above mediocrity, and from what I've heard from fans of the Earthsea literature, this isn't the adaptation they were hoping for, either.

lewiskendell
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

½

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?

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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?

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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

Keiko A. --Samurai--
Keiko Aya

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