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Tales from Earthsea (2006)

Gedo senki (original title)
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In a mythical land, a man and a young boy investigate a series of unusual occurrences.

Director:

Gorô Miyazaki

Writers:

Ursula K. Le Guin (novel), Gorô Miyazaki (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun'ichi Okada Jun'ichi Okada ... Arren (voice)
Aoi Teshima Aoi Teshima ... Theru (voice)
Bunta Sugawara ... Haitaka (voice)
Yûko Tanaka Yûko Tanaka ... Cob (voice)
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Hare (voice)
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Tenar (voice)
Takashi Naitô Takashi Naitô ... Hazia Dealer (voice)
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... The Mistress (voice)
Yui Natsukawa Yui Natsukawa ... The Queen (voice)
Kaoru Kobayashi ... The King (voice)
Timothy Dalton ... Ged / Sparrowhawk (voice)
Willem Dafoe ... Cob (voice)
Matt Levin ... Prince Arren (voice)
Cheech Marin ... Hare (voice)
Mariska Hargitay ... Tenar (voice)
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Storyline

Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events, Ged, a wandering wizard, is investigating the cause. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen, he has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's "fears" against the very one who would help him, Ged. Written by Anime News Network

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Taglines:

Once humans and dragons were one. Then, humans chose land and sea, and dragon chose wind and fire. [Japanese release] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 July 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales from Earthsea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,614, 15 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,461

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,673,565
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the movie being property of Japan's Studio Ghibli, it marks the first Disney (produced or distributed) animated film to receive a PG-13 rating. See more »

Quotes

Prince Arren: Thank you, Therru. I'm returning to Enlad to answer for what I did, so I can finally face myself.
Therru: Arren...
Prince Arren: I was hoping that I could see you again someday. Come on. We have to go thank Sparrowhawk and Tenar.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.6 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Therru's Song
Lyrics by Gorô Miyazaki and music by Hiroko Taniyama
Performed by Aoi Teshima
Lyrics inspired by "Kokomo", a poem by Sakutaro Hagiwara
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A tale of disappointment.
10 March 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

Eh, let's just call Tales from Earthsea a case of growing pains for Goro Miyazaki. 

It's not a bad movie. It's just unremarkable in every way. It doesn't have the creativity, emotional depth, or beauty of Spirited Away, the visual wonder of Howl's Moving Castle, the scope of adventure of Castle in the Sky, the lovable characters of Kiki's Delivery Service, or the sheer delight and fun of Ponyo. 

If I had to choose a defining feature for Earthsea, I honestly don't know what it would be. The music is fine, but nothing extraordinary. The character designs and artwork are dangerously close to generic, the story lacks tension and feels almost inconsequential, and the writing is bland. Where's the heart? Where's the humor, the passion, or something that would draw me into the narrative?

I found myself not caring much about what was happening, and more concerned with how much time was left until the movie was over, than anything else. My  expectations for Studio Ghibli are far too high to embrace a movie like this that barely scrapes above mediocrity, and from what I've heard from fans of the Earthsea literature, this isn't the adaptation they were hoping for, either. 


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