Anime 
TL;DR
Porco Rosso (1992)
紅の豚 (Kurenai no Buta)

Synopsis

A dashing and brave WWI Pilot is transformed into a pig by a mysterious curse. He is now employed as a paid mercenary/problem solver and seaplane pilot in the Adriatic Sea for the side of good. He is forced to do combat with a band of air pirates who never bathe and call themselves Mama Aiuto (Mothers Helper). Anarchy and war are coming to Italy and the Adriatic pilots are being forced to join the Air Force or become fugitives from the law. Our hero Porco is shot down in a dogfight with a self-styled air ace called Curtis. Porco must rebuild his plane, Fight Mama Aiuto, run from the Italian government, engage in a showdown with Curtis whilst courting the lovely Gina and saving young schoolgirls from the clutches of Mama Aiuto, payback Papa Piccolo for the renovation of his airplane, win a bet, break the curse, and save himself in the bargain.
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Rating

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Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Character development
Combat/Action
Dialogs
Music
Plot
Visual
World building

Cons

Uneven-pacing

PROs CONS

Overview

Porco Rosso is based on Hikōtei Jidai (“The Age of the Flying Boat”), a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki. It was animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Japan Airlines and the Nippon Television Network and distributed by Toho. Joe Hisaishi composed the music.

Alternative titles

– Kurenai no Buta
– Porco Rosso
– 紅の豚
– Kızıl Kanatlar
– Porco Rosso: O Porquinho Voador
– Porco Rosso: O Último Herói Romântico
– Szkarłatny pilot
– Порко Россо
– פורקו רוסו
– พอร์โค รอสโซ สลัดอากาศประจัญบาน
– 紅豬
– 红猪
– 飛天紅豬俠
– 붉은 돼지
– Karmínové prase
– Porco Rosso – A mesterpilóta
– Porko Roso
– Οι Αερομαχίες του Πόρκο Ρόσσο
– Порко Россо
– Crimson Pig
– Punainen sika
– The Crimson Pig
– The Scarlet Pig
– Червоний кабан
– بوركو روسو
– kurebuta
– くれぶた
– くれ豚

TL;DR Review

Porco Rosso (Japanese: 紅の豚 Hepburn: Kurenai no Buta, lit. Crimson Pig) is a 1992 Japanese animated comedy-adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

The art and animation are still as beautiful as I remembered. Details are a bit lacking but it makes up for it with charm and charisma. The lively color gives you that nostalgic feeling of the “good old day”.

The music is also excellent. It goes from whimsical to hauntingly melodic.

The characters design are a bit goofy, in the sense like Lupin the 3rd. The world is overly saturated with somewhat sweet caricaturist characters. It’s the kind of beautiful world that put a smile on your face as you watch with child-like excitement.

Like many of Ghibli works, there is a strong independent young girl/woman present. However, this is one of the few Ghibli’s movies where the main protagonist is an adult male.

We were never given a reason why Marco was cursed in the anime but a press release stated that he was disgusted with humanity. He decided that he did not want to be a human anymore and cursed himself to became a pig. In the end, we see that Marco’s curse is cured as he regained his faith with the help of Fio and Gina.

I highly recommend this movie to everyone. Porco Rosso contains some cartoonist violence. Parental guidance is advised.

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Music

Closing Theme

– “Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi o” by Katou Tokiko

Insert/Image Theme

– “Le Temps de Cerises” by Jack Lantier
– “Sakuranbo no Minoru Koro: Le Temps de Cerises” (France-go Version) by Katou Tokiko

Credits

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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