Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso

DVD - 2004
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Slouching towards middle age, Porco Rosso makes his living by flying about in his red bi-plane and fighting sky bandits who prey on cruise ships sailing the Adriatic. When he's not engaging in dog fights, this pilot lives on a deserted island retreat. Porco was once a strapping young man, but after his entire squadron was wiped out, he is mysteriously transformed into a pig. Then he is defeated in a dogfight against a dashing American rival, who has been hired by the dastardly bandits. With his plane damaged, he finds a repair hanger near Milan where a local woman fixes his plane.
Publisher: [Burbank, CA] : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2004
ISBN: 9780788834028
Branch Call Number: DVD YNF 791.4334 POR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Jaymie
Nov 09, 2015

I love this movie I just want to watch is over and over and over again!!!!!!!!!!!!

d2013 Sep 21, 2015

Beautifully done, a great story and a visual treat!

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feishu95014
Sep 08, 2015

I have been watching this movie for more than 15 years and would not get tired of it -- from the venerable VHS to DVD to blu-ray.

This was originally developed for JAL's in-flight service so obviously it involves a lot of flying. This movie is also one of the few MH movies that does not have a (prominent) female protagonist -- about 50% 50% since the movie is named after the main character -- red pig, a male pig that flies a red sea plane.

The PIG was not born a pig, rather, he was sick and tired of what he saw in ugly humanity so he cursed himself to become a pig, though one with supreme flying skills and became a famous bounty hunter of, what else, sea plane pirates.

It is not all about dog (or pig) fight, there is a beautiful lounge singer whose hotel/restaurant is built on an offshore island that is the watering spot of a bunch of sea plan pirates that want to get even with Porco, the swashbuckling American pilot/actor/script writer that the pirates hired and last but not the least, the young, cute and talented airplane "female" designer.

Throw all these characters together and you have a symphony of comedy/romance/sky-high adventures.

That story lines are great, the presentations -- the visual style -is simply supreme. No CGIs!

Disney did a VERY good job when porting this movie into BD format. What is even better, I just found out last night, it came with TWO English sub-titles. When I used the first one (NEVER, EVER watch an MH movie with English dub), I can tell it was not translating exactly what the characters were saying. Then I found the second track -- the translation is a lot closer to the essence and is a lot more "colorful" -- if you know what I meant -- and that helps tremendously for me to enjoy the movie more.

BTW,
1) That American pilot hsa a hint of R. Reagan (no disrespect meant, Skipper).
2) Remember the Frog Prince story -- a true-love kiss? We have a similar case here...

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Britty346
Jun 20, 2015

This was a good film, it's not my favorite Hayao Miyazaki movie but the characters were interesting and there were a lot of funny moments. The ending though was what disappointed me, I think it could have been better but the other parts of the film were great. The one scene that took my breath away was when Porco Rosso shares his war story; I wont give details away but it's a film to check out if you like Hayao Miyazaki films.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Set in a quasi-fictitious post WWII Europe where fascist states and flying "seaplane pirates" vie for control of the Mediterranean, Miyazaki's thoroughly charming feature follows the adventures of Porco Rosso--aka The Crimson Pig, aka Marco Rossellini--former ace pilot in the Italian airforce now scraping a living as an airborne bounty hunter. He's also a short, ungracious, moustachioed pig thanks to a strange heavenly encounter. When Rosso's life and livelihood are threatened by an alliance between sky pirates and the corrupt governments who support them it's up to a handful of his quirky friends, led by a very young airplane engineer, to give him the edge he needs in order to win one final showdown... Studio Ghibli has turned out yet another winning combination of old school animation and slightly outlandish storyline with a few piercing observations thrown in for good measure. This time around Miyazaki sets his sights on male chauvinism (it seems Porco is a pig in every sense) so it's no surprise that women play a major role in the story, including that 17-year old engineer whose innocence and wit save the pig in more ways than one. Although it may not be on the same level as Spirited Away or My Neighbour Tortoro, Porco Rosso's bright colours, wonderfully terse dialogue, and nicely realized action sequences...the aerial dogfights are choreographed perfectly while an aside involving truant schoolgirls is pretty funny...are sure to entertain kids of all generations.

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manao
Aug 24, 2014

Fine Miyazaki semi-realistic action fantasy featuring memorably beautiful animated flying over the Mediterranean Sea. Only the final extended John Wayne style fist fight disappoints. Well worth watching if the story description seems at all interesting to you.

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Love_Legolas_111
May 20, 2014

My family loves this movie. It's funny, witty, creative, and just plain interesting. Great movie that isn't as widely recognized as Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro, but just as good, if not better in some areas. You'll like it. ;D

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AGuyInAHat
Aug 29, 2013

Miyazaki sure loves flying doesn't he? I mean think about it, 'Spirited Away', 'My Neighbor Totoro', Nausicaa, of The Valley of the Wind', 'Howl's Moving Castle', 'Kiki's Delivery Service', and now this film, all these films have key scenes which involve flying, I didn't really notice until I watched 'Porco Rosso', in which flying is pretty much the center of the entire movie. This film along with, 'Whispers of the Heart', 'Only Yesterday, and 'My Neighbors the Yamadas', go wrongfully forgotten when it comes to Studio Ghibli movies, this one, I feel deserves to be up there with the greats like 'Princess Mononoke' and 'Castle in the Sky', while it isn't the best the studio has to offer, it does offer a lot of great animation, well-written and well-developed characters, and an all around great story. If you're in the mood for a great film for the whole family, I'd advise checking this one out.

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Biblos
Aug 23, 2013

When pigs fly!
This is a great movie!

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Blue_Frog_43
Aug 08, 2013

I love love love love LOVED this movie. It wasnt at all what expected, it surprised me, it made me laugh, smile and even cry. I love Miyazaki and this is defiantly in my top 3 favorite movies.

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Jaymie
Nov 09, 2015

(Porco when he was having are rematch with Mr. Cutis. trying to shot him) Thanks to Fio's big butt!

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Jaymie
Nov 09, 2015

(Fio) thanks! (Porco's friend) when did you babysit that cute girl? (Porco) No joke!

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Love_Legolas_111
May 20, 2014

(Boss) But we still hate those stinking pig's guts, and WE WANT PAY BACK!!!!!!!! *gestures to Porco* SLICE HIM INTO BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Fio) WHAT ARE YOU MORON'S TALKING ABOUT!?!?!?!?!!

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 05, 2013

Fio (to Porco, after they escape the Secret Police): "It seems like you've done this before." Porco: 'Every time I come to Milan, kiddo."

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Love_Legolas_111
Oct 07, 2013

Pirate 1: Hey, you back there? What happened to (emphasizing in an almost mocking way) Mr. America? Pirate 2: He's flying in the sun! Pirate 1: Typical American.

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 02, 2013

Porco Rosso (back to Donald Curtis): Chicken,pig: what's the difference? Ha-ha-ha!

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 02, 2013

Donald Curtis (to Porco Rosso):I'll tell everyone you're a chicken!!

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CinnamonBunMei
Jul 24, 2012

Porco Rosso: "I'd rather be a pig than a Facist."

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Aug 08, 2015

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Britty346
Jun 20, 2015

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Love_Legolas_111
Feb 27, 2013

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Jun 25, 2008

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