Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) (1992)
Critic Reviews for Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta)
Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism.
...has a carefree sensibility that belies its underlying consideration of things like love, loss and warfare.
Though the story touches on politics and even profundities of the human experience, Miyazaki's light touch and overriding sense of fun promise that children of all ages will give themselves over... [Blu-ray]
...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.
Audience Reviews for Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta)
Miyazaki's loving tribute to early aviation. The story is more male-oriented, straightforward, and based in reality (set between the two World Wars) than some of his other works, but still retains that vintage Miyazaki magical feel that we all know and love. The title anthropomorphic pig (who ladies strangely fawn over) and his sidekick, a young mechanic girl named Fio, make for a greatly fun duo and play off each other nicely. Miyazaki really demonstrates his love for planes and there is a breathtaking fantasy sequence involving a fleet of planes flying above the clouds that alone makes the film worth a one-time viewing. It's not as profound as some of his other works like 'Spirited Away' but it still works wonderfully as a nice undemanding action/adventure, although it is admittedly far from his best work. The first hour of the film was excellent but the climax was pretty weak (sinfully teasing at an epic airplane fleet battle that never takes place) and the closing epilogue narration felt extremely rushed (also contains a gimmicky "The end?" line that you'd think Miyazaki would be above at doing). Despite a weak ending, 'Porco Rosso' remains a quality effort from the master himself.
Miyazaki indulges himself in his passion for seaplanes with this very enjoyable project of most personal interest, an always entertaining film that benefits from a beautiful soundtrack, a spot-on sense of humor and, even better, a lot of heart.
the first hour of this film make up one of my favorite hours in cinematic history. the story is sleek and imaginative, the animation as great as one would expect from a ghibli film, and the characters overwhelmingly compelling. the final 30 minutes fall apart for me almost completely. i still think the final act is ok, but is so far below the standard set by the rest of the movie. it becomes more juvenile, more silly, and far less compelling, and it takes the film down quite a bit. overall i really do love this film and believe it to be worth multiple viewings for the first hour alone.