Reviewer: Tom (Webmaster)
on: Full Anime
UK Distributor: N/A
After seeing Porco Rosso it quickly became one of my most
favourite anime ever as it is just top entertainment from start to finish. It
was released when Miyazaki was still in his making fun films stage and that is
what I like most about Porco Rosso.
At first glance Porco Rosso will appear to be a serious film as you think the
main character being human-turned-pig will make it into a whole meaning of life
affair but instead you are treated to arguably Miyazaki’s funniest and fresh
Animation is of the usual Ghibli standard and if you liked the flying machines
in Nausicaä and Laputa then you are in for treat – the planes Miyazaki has
created for Porco Rosso look fantastic and as real add to the feel of film. Like
Laputa, Miyazaki as opted for a period setting which allows the animation real
character and lavishing detail.
If you have only seen later Ghibli works such as Spirited Away and Princess
Mononoke then you may be disappointed at the fact Porco Rosso is not an epic
animation and may deplore the fact that it is dumb fun rather then a serious
tale of human nature, but I find this unlikely as Miyazaki is such a masterful
film maker he has all genres perfected.
I loved this film and I think all anime fans will do as well. It’s an ultimate fun
film and shows Disney how it is done. Last but not least I must mention that it
also contains a fantastic score by the masterful Joe Hisaishi, who as scored
several Ghibli films. As a whole this film cannot be faulted and I recommend you
buy it straight away.