Title: Porco Rosso
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Original Release: 1992
Choice: Our Girl's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The Armchair Squid is practically a Studio Ghibli fan blog at this point! The work is certainly worthy. Porco Rosso (Italian for Crimson Pig) is based on Hikotei Jidai, a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki himself.
The story stems from the master animator's passion for antique aircraft. Porco is a WWI veteran fighter pilot, now operating as a freelance bounty hunter. He is wanted by the Italian Air Force for desertion. He has been cursed to look like a pig for reasons never explained in the story. The tale begins as he rescues a group of schoolgirls from a band of pirates.
The artwork for the film is stunning. That almost goes without saying for a Ghibli film but some of the landscape work is downright Monet-worthy. Of course, if you want a beautiful film, setting it in the Adriatic is a good way to start.
A new Ghibli film was released in the United States this past weekend: From Up on Poppy Hill. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be showing anywhere in Vermont just yet. My pal Suze found an interesting link about the film: http://io9.com/pessimistic-optimism-goro-miyazaki-on-his-post-nuclear-453752467.