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Porco Rosso

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Overview

Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this tale about a former World War I flying ace who is also a pig. Slouching towards 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 is mysteriously transformed into a pig. Rosso is ...
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Overview

Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this tale about a former World War I flying ace who is also a pig. Slouching towards 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 is mysteriously transformed into a pig. Rosso is defeated in a dogfight against a dashing American rival, who has been hired by the dastardly bandits. With his plane damaged, he finds a repair hangar near Milan run by an aging mechanic named Piccolo, and his spunky granddaughter Fio. Initially skeptical of her mechanical prowess, Rosso is amazed when she and a legion of local women fix his plane. Soon, Porco Rosso is ready to battle his rival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the Microphone with voice talent from the film: Michael Keaton, Brad Garrett, Kimberly Williams, Susan Egan and David Ogden Stiers; Complete storyboards - get an insider's look at the film's artistry; Original Japanese trailers; Interview with producer Toshio Suzuki
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Porco Rosso was something of a dramatic departure for Japanese master animator Hayao Miyazaki. While there is certainly much here that will appeal to kids -- a porcine World War I flying ace (look out, Snoopy) as the hero, exciting aerial scenes, comical supporting characters -- this 1992 film was really intended for adults. (One of the film’s producers asserts as much in an interview that is included as one of the bonus features in this two-disc set.) For this U.S. release, Michael Keaton provides the voice of Porco Rosso, a hero in the Howard Hawks mode: sardonic and unsentimental, but with an unwavering code of behavior. Thanks to an unfortunate curse, the once-human Porco is now a pig. He is also a bounty hunter and the scourge of a hapless band of sky pirates who do battle over the Adriatic Sea. The pirates hire Curtis, a cocky American (voiced by Cary Elwes), to rid the skies of Porco. Curtis becomes his rival not just for supremacy in the air but also for the affections of cabaret singer Gina (Susan Egan). Of course, it wouldn't be a Miyazaki film without a plucky teenage girl. Kimberly William is the voice of Flo, who helps Porco design a replacement for his beat-up plane. One of Miyazaki's lesser-known films, Porco Rosso is a delightful discovery, with its unorthodox hero, heartfelt story, and absolutely breathtaking animation: Absolutely no one does clouds like Miyazaki. With this superbly rendered English edition courtesy of Disney, it soars to dazzling new heights.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Porco Rosso is that rare animated film that will be enjoyed more by adults than by children -- certainly more than by very young children, who will be entertained visually by Porco but probably not enraptured by the narrative. Nor should they be, for Porco, with its melancholy air, 1930s-era setting, sense of nostalgia, smoky bars, and mature concerns, is not aiming for them. Indeed, in some ways Porco feels like a 1940s Warner Bros. film -- or perhaps like a 1970s look back at a 1940s Warner Bros. film -- that just happens to be animated and happens to feature a hero who has been turned into a pig through some strange enchantment. Visually, Porco is nothing short of splendid, featuring a vibrant palette that never turns garish, beautiful backgrounds and settings, delicate but forceful linework, and forceful character design. Indeed, director Hayao Miyazaki's characters seem influenced by a whole host of cartoon/comic strip artists, including Herge and E.C. Segar. The animation is not without flaws; occasionally the movement is stretched out a tad too long, and facial expressions are sometimes a little lacking. But none of this seriously detracts from the beauty of the film. Miyazaki's screenplay is a marvelous blend of the romantic and the adventurous, making good use of stock situations but finding the truth beneath them and allowing for a generous amount of deadpan dialogue. That dialogue is handled marvelously by the English-language cast, from Michael Keaton's weary Porco to Kimberly Williams' utterly engaging Fio. To sum it up, Porco is a treasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 786936175264
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dubbed / Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,188

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Voice Only
Cary Elwes Voice Only
Kimberly Williams Voice Only
Susan Egan Voice Only
Technical Credits
Hayao Miyazaki Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Naoko Asari Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer, Songwriter
Takeshi Seyama Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Opening/A Call for Help
2. Madame Gina
3. Dogfight!
4. Stopping for Repairs
5. "I'd Rather Be a Pig Than a Fascist!"
6. Test Flight
7. Curtis Makes His Move
8. "We're Going Home"
9. A Bedtime Story
10. Start the Fight!
11. To the Finish
12. The Days of Summer/End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play
   Bonus Features
      Behind the Microphone
      Interview With Producer Toshio Suzuki
      Original Japanese Trailers and TV Spots
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Bambi: Special Edition
      Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind/The Cat Returns/Porco Rosso
      The Incredibles
      Miyazaki's Spirited Away
      Kiki's Delivery Service
      Castle in the Sky
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         Japanese
         French
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: None
      Lucasfilm THX Optimizer
         Audio Tests
            Play Test
         Video Tests
            Play Test
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Original Japanese Storyboards
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         Japanese
      Subtitles
         English
         None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A War Time Miazaki Film

    I must say, this is one of the more interesting Miazaki films that I have seen. The main character himself, Porco Rosso, is a man who makes me think of my dad. Must be the attitude and the fact their both middle aged...I liked the story, and the way Porco and other men in the movie act. And even the women have their quirks. Think plane shop where all the workers are women. I swear, this is like the Miazaki film for middle aged men! But it is fun to watch, and I really think anime fans of all sorts will find something to enjoy in this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Story

    Keaton was quite deadpan in his voice work for Porco Rosso but the story is a good one. I am a big fan of Studio Gimli.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you're a tired male confronting,,

    middle age crisis, this is just the movie to cheer you up. It has no magic spell (except for the one that turned himself to a pig), there are no robots, violence or super strong heros and/or villians involved. In fact both hero and villians shows human weakness that makes them almost loveable. The theme of the story is about freindship, the forever boy in every men and forgiving love of a woman. In Japan the DVD was released with a French overvoice with Jean Réno as Porco, I wonder how Michael Keaton plays this role.

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