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Porco Rosso (1992)

Kurenai no buta (original title)
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In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

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Hayao Miyazaki

Writer:

Hayao Miyazaki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shûichirô Moriyama Shûichirô Moriyama ... Kurenai no Buta (voice)
Tokiko Katô Tokiko Katô ... Jina-sama (voice)
Bunshi Katsura Vi Bunshi Katsura Vi ... Pikkoro-oyaji (voice) (as Bunshi Katsura)
Tsunehiko Kamijô Tsunehiko Kamijô ... Manmayuto no shachô (voice)
Akemi Okamura ... Fio Pikkoro (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Donarudo Kâchisu (voice)
Hiroko Seki Hiroko Seki ... Bâ-chan (voice)
Reizô Nomoto Reizô Nomoto ... Mamma Aiuto Gang (voice)
Osamu Saka Osamu Saka ... Mamma Aiuto Gang (voice)
Yû Shimaka Yû Shimaka ... Mamma Aiuto Gang (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura Mahito Tsujimura ... (voice)
Minoru Yada Minoru Yada ... (voice)
Michael Keaton ... Porco Rosso (voice)
Susan Egan ... Gina (voice)
David Ogden Stiers ... Grandpa Piccolo (voice)
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Rated PG for violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$156,270, 20 May 2018

Gross USA:

$443,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,354,729
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally planned as a comical in-flight short film. Due to the beginning of the Yugoslav Wars, Studio Ghibli developed the film into a feature length movie with a serious tone, while retaining the humor of the manga it was based on. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mamma Aiuto Boss: We're coming for ya...
Pirates: Porco Rosso!
[They fall on top of each other]
Pirates: Ow, ack, argh, get off me!
Radio Announcer: Repeat; "We're coming for you, Porco Rosso, ow, ack, argh, get off me!"
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, there is a brief scene of Rosso's airplane flying through the sky. See more »

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Referenced in Shirobako: Exodus Christmas (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Tokini wa mukasi no hanashi wo
(theme song)
Written and Performed by Tokiko Katô
Arrangements by Yôko Kanno
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An engaging and entertaining animation
2 September 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

It is a time in the Mediterranean when sea planes still rule the skies and large areas are controlled by sky pirates, who run raids and kidnapping on passing ships. The only saving grace of the area is bounty hunter Porco Rosso (or The Crimson Pig) who is famed for his speed and skill. Suffering under a curse that turned him from a man into a pig, Rosso is the scourge of the pirates until they hire the services of American Curtis, award winning race pilot. Their first skirmish sees Rosso defeated and feared dead but, while Curtis gloats over his victory, Rosso returns to Italy where his favourite mechanic lives despite the outstanding arrest warrants for him in that country.

Thanks to FilmFour becoming the first free-to-air film channel in the UK I was treated to a week of Miyazaki films, most of which I hadn't seen before. Kurenai no buta was the first one I watched because it looked like it would be the most fun. The story is an enjoyable tale of a dog fighting pig that works well as an adventure while also having enough invention and character to make it more than just a lot of noise and colour for kids. The adventure aspect is good though and has plenty of classy (ie not just silly and exaggerated) action and children should be easily distracted. Although not that deep, the film does have solid characters that have layers and humour. Rosso is a simple character perhaps but at least he is interesting and less obvious than most animated film leads. This made the film more engaging for me and meant that the film never dropped when the action was put on the backburner – in fact the strongest moments are humour and character based. Miyazaki directs with a great eye and unique style. The film is consistently visually impressive and, although the setting limits the imagination, it is still very much what it is.

The English dub cast do a good job and, for all the criticisms of Disney in their handling of these films, credit to them for doing this right. Keaton makes for a good Rosso, playing him gruff and seemingly uncaring which was the right direction to go. Characters like this don't really ever crack and so Keaton does well to hold back while only hinting at the humanity within his character. Elwes is nicely cheesy as Curtis and works well. Williams is really fun as Fio and she provided a lot of energy once she joined in, certainly she was better than Egan who I found rather dull and unable to do much with her character. An unrecognisable Stiers makes for some nice comedy as master engineer Piccolo.

Overall this was an enjoyable film. Perhaps not enough emotional depth to it to make it stand with Miyazaki's finest work but still a very engaging and entertaining family film with more than enough for children and a solid narrative and character foundation that will make it easy for adults to care about.


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