In Early 1930's era Italy air pirates, bounty hunters and high fliers of all sorts rule the skies. The most cunning and skilled of these pilots is Porco Rosso. A former Ace, he now makes a living flying contract jobs, such as rescuing those kidnapped by air pirates. Donald Curtis, Porco's rival in the air and in catching the affections of women, provides a constant challenge to the hero, culminating in a hilarious, action packed finale. Written by
Did You Know?
The flying boats in Porco's WWI flashback story are based on historical airplanes. Porco and his squadron are flying the Macchi M.5, an Italian single-seat fighter flying boat designed and built by Macchi-Nieuport at Varese. It was extremely maneuverable and agile and matched the land-based aircraft it had to fight. The Austro-Hungarians are flying the Hansa-Brandenburg CC, a single-seat wooden-hulled fighter flying-boat, named CC after Camillo Castiglioni, financial controller of the Brandenburg company. See more
Near the end of the film when Porco and Curtiss are fight in their planes they crash into a tower, which sends up a variety of international flags. The United States of America flag that appears during this sequence has only 11 stripes and 20 stars, a configuration that never existed. (There were 20 stars on the flag in 1818-1819, but 13 stripes. It's unlikely this is mean to be a rare, nearly 100-year-old flag that has lost it's bottom two stripes.) Most likely it is a simplification for animation. See more
[Ferrarin has signaled to Porco
What did he say?
He said "Cute kid. When did you start babysitting?"
Apart from the title, there are no opening credits. See more
Referenced in The Wind Rises
Tokini wa mukasi no hanashi wo
Written and Performed by Tokiko Katô
Arrangements by Yôko Kanno See more