Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

1999

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

Critics Consensus

With its epic story and breathtaking visuals, Princess Mononoke is a landmark in the world of animation.

93%

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Total Count: 107

94%

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User Ratings: 221,766
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Movie Info

Directed by renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, this anime has broken a number of box office records in its native Japan. Essentially a statement on the ecological devastation brought on by human advancement, the story follows the battle between Princess Mononoke and a mining village.

Cast

Yôji Matsuda
as Ashitaka
Yûko Tanaka
as Lady Eboshi
Akihiro Miwa
as Moro the Wolf
Billy Crudup
as Ashitaka [English Version]
Claire Danes
as San [English Version]
Billy Bob Thornton
as Jiko [English Version]
Minnie Driver
as Lady Eboshi [English Version]
Gillian Anderson
as Moro [English Version]
Jada Pinkett Smith
as Sonji [English Version]
John DiMaggio
as Koroku [English Version]
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Critic Reviews for Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (37)

  • Done mostly in the style of hand-painted classic animation, with occasional digital assists, "Princess Mononoke is indeed a thing of beauty and imagination.

    Dec 7, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This handsome, beautifully designed Japanese animated film has the size -- though not the clarity -- of a great Japanese film epic.

    Nov 27, 2013

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Miyazaki's hordes of animators haven't penetrated beyond the skin; the moving creatures feel inarticulate and jerky, almost weightless, particularly when played against painterly background mattes.

    Nov 27, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The film's strength lies in its refusal to paint either its arguments or its characters in black and white: There are no pure heroes, no clear-cut villains and no pat answers.

    Nov 27, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get.

    Nov 27, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Anyone who relishes seeing the reach and scope of the genre redefined should not miss this marvelously accomplished picture.

    Nov 27, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

  • Sep 16, 2016
    A visceral story from the brilliant mind of Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke is a joyous ride through the eyes of Ashitaka, a brave warrior who finds himself caught in the crossfire of relentless humans and vicious creatures of the forest. Speaking of relentless, even at over 2 hours long, this film flies by with brisk pacing and gorgeous animation by Studio Ghibli. For an animation film, the runtime is unusually long, but the epic scope and beautiful storytelling transcend typical animations. One of my first thoughts while watching was how good this story could be in live-action form. Even if it's a television series, the lore calls for this to be adapted into live-action. The mythology is incredibly well-realized and thought out as well. Each of the several sides to this ongoing battle against the forest have reason for fighting. Yes, Ashitaka is the protagonist, but I wasn't necessarily rooting for any particular side to win. That's when you know the characters have plenty of depth. My only real complaint here is that sometimes the dialogue comes out a bit dull and lacks the gravitas that the very scene calls for. Of course, this may only be in the English dubbed version that I watched, or the script. Either way, the story is brilliant, but the dialogue just didn't match it. Above everything else, Princess Mononoke is a special film. It transcends the usual tropes of animated films by being a viscerally graphic war film with plenty of heart and thought provoking ideas. It's no surprise this is praised as one of Miyazaki's very best films. +So different than any animated film +Meaningful violence +Interesting mythology +All characters have depth 87/100
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2016
    This is a great film. It's spiritual. A visual feast. Action-packed. Thought provoking. A marvel.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2016
    I was amazed at all scenes with fantastic landscapes and quite a good English dub compared to the Japanese dub.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2014
    Hayao Miyazaki's <i>Princess Mononoke</i> lays out the gods and the demons.<p>There is an interesting story to tell and it does have a lot going for it. The uniqueness of the plot details and the likability of some of the characters hold interest; however, the film slows down in places and the finale was overly long leaving a run time easily over 2 hours.</p><p>The animation of the characters and even the violence, which is more adult oriented, are nicely drawn. Other elements, including the gods, are more abstract and weird, but don't feel out of place in the grand scheme of things.</p><p>Yoji Matsuda and Yuriko Ishida lead a Japanese cast that provide satisfying voice work for each of their respective characters. No problems in this department.</p><p><i>Princess Mononoke</i> does a lot of things well. It's the drawn out story that is the biggest disappointment.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer

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