Looking at the front cover of Porco Rosso I automatically thought that the animation will a little old and foggy so I hesitated to buy it. I am ashamed of myself for judging the anime by its cover because this film has some of the most beautiful animation I've ever seen. Porco starts the film with his pig head so you will have to watch the film to find out how he got this curse. It is said Porco Rosso is one of Miyazaki's oddest films but the only thing odd in this is Porcos head.
One of the biggest influences for Miyazaki creating this film was his love and obsession for planes. He shows off his love with this cursed ex military pilot turned bounty hunter who is just trying to live out the rest of his life while having absolute joy in tracking down pirates and getting paid to do it. Even though Porco is cursed with this head many for his heroic act in the military love him.
Someone who just wants to be able to say I took out the legend but Porco is far from dead has shot down his plane. He takes his plane to Italy for repairs but trouble is still on him as his home Italy wants him for abandoning the military. He finds a young girl there that is an amazing designer and she makes Porco a plane even better than what he had. The two become partener and the rest is history.
Porco tries to play the hard bounty hunter but he still gets love and respect let it be from a group of schoolgirls he saved to a young woman who always worries about his safety. He uses his big pig head a lot but he also has a bigger heart that he puts to even more use. This is a film that you will not forget after you see it and it will make you want to buy everything that is Miyazaki. The ending could have been done better as you are left with questions that were only partially answered but I guess they weren't meant to be fully answered.
Porco Rosso is about an Italian World War I flying ace who is now working as a freelance bounty hunter. Somewhere along the line, he was cursed and transformed into a pig; however, the film never explains how he got the curse. Originally known as Marco Pagot, he is now known as Porco Rosso (which is Italian for "Red Pig"). Porco hunts down seaplane pirates in the Adriatic Sea. Even though Porco is rivals with the pirates, they can coexist with a minimal amount of bloodshed. During the course of … more
This is not just a delightful animated film, it is a spectacular film of any genre that fits on the same shelf with Casablanca, Shane, and other wonderful films about how lonely it is to be a wandering hero. I bought this for my kids, and they all love it as much as the other Miyazaki films we've collected on DVD and VHS. One of the first words of my now three year old son (who has been late getting language) was "Porco" -- a word, which, to him, meant "put the Porco Rosso video on now please Dad!!" … more
Porco Rosso(The Crimson Pig, 1992) ranks as Hayao Miyazaki's oddest film: a bittersweet period adventure about a dashing pilot who has somehow been turned into a pig. Miyazaki once said, "Initially, it was supposed to be a 45-minute film for tired businessmen to watch on long airplane flights... Why kids love it is a mystery to me." The early 1930s setting enabled Miyazaki to focus on the old airplanes he loves, and the film boasts complex and extremely effective aerial stunts and dogfights. In the new English dub from Disney, Michael Keaton as Porco delivers lines like "All middle-aged men are pigs" with appropriate cynicism, but his voice may be too familiar for some Miyazaki fans. Susan Egan makes a curiously distant Gina, the thrice-widowed hotel owner bound to Porco by years of friendship; Kimberly Williams is more effective as the irrepressible young engineer Fio.Porco Rossomay be an odd film, but Miyazaki's directorial imagination never flags. (Rated PG: violence, alcohol and tobacco use)--Charles Solomon