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.
Did You Know?
Marco Pagot, aka Porco Rosso, was possibly based on Ensign Charles Hammann, a US Navy fighter pilot during WWI. Hammann, like Porco, flew a Macchi M.5 biplane fighter over the Adriatic Sea against Austro-Hungary. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing, under fire, a fellow pilot who was shot down. 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
A pig's gotta fly.
Series of pen and ink drawings depicting adventures and early accidents in aviation are shown during the end titles. They are all populated by humanoid pigs, just like Porco. See more
Sakuranbo no Minoru Koro
(Le Temps des Cerises)
Music by Antoine Renard
Lyrics by Jean-Baptiste Clément
Performed by Tokiko Katô See more