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Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Movie Review - Porco Rosso

First off, I want to wish a VERY VERY VERY Happy Birthday to ML!

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Now, back to my month-long tribute to Hayao Miyazaki.
This week's film is unique, even for Miyazaki. In "Porco Rosso," we follow the adventures of, you guessed it, a pig!

Porco Rosso (1992)

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Written by: Hayao Miyazaki


"Porco Rosso" opens with a stunning rescue by Porco of a group of schoolgirls taken hostage by Air Pirates. (You can see from the picture above that the schoolgirls were more trouble for the pirates than they were worth!) Soon we learn that Porco, a man with the face of a pig, is a former Italian Air Force pilot now working freelance for anyone with enough money. Porco has been living under a curse since a dogfight he was involved in during the war. (World War I) Even though his appearance is unusual, Porco has an excellent reputation as a pilot, and is still something of a heartbreaker.
Soon a flashy american pilot by the name of Donald Curtis appears as Porco's potential rival, not only for the title of top pilot, but for the affections of Gina, Porco's long-time friend. During an ill-fated encounter with Curtis, Porco's plane is seriously damaged, and he is forced to go back to Italy and his trusted mechanic Piccolo to have it repaired. The only problem is, he is a wanted man/pig in Italy.

Finally arriving at Piccolo's place, Porco finds that Italy has changed. The economy is so bad that most of the men have left the town to find better work, and the army is growing in strength. Piccolo puts his granddaughter Fio in charge of Porco's repairs - something Porco is against at first. With a crew of Italian grandmothers and Fio in charge, soon Porco's plane is in better shape than ever, and he has to take back all of his misgivings over women mechanics. However, the army is now on to his whereabouts, and Porco must leave before his repaired and improved plane is even tested - and despite his objections, Fio comes along on his daring escape from Italy, not only as his mechanic, but also to ensure that her grandfather gets paid for the work. Along the way, Fio learns of Porco's curse, and helps him to get back in touch with his lost humanity.

I give "Porco Rosso" two paws up and a tail curl! Not only is this film full of adventure and daring dogfights in the clouds, it also has a lot of humor. Ladybeans will love how the Italian grandmas prove Porco wrong about women, and how Fio is strong enough and brave enough to stand toe-to-toe with the jaded fighter pilot. This movie is unique, and should be given a lot more notice. I suggest you kitties give it a try!

17 meows:

Mo said...

We've never heard of this one, but sounds like fun.
Sending {{{HUGS & PURRS}}} to your family from ours!


Spooker, Daphne, Chloe, Little Isis, Jazper, and Not The Mama

Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

did we already hug you today?

here are our hugs to alla you:

(((((((hugs)))))))
(((((((hugs)))))))
(((((((hugs)))))))

P.S. and special ((((hugs)))) and noeskissies from Kashim to Holly!

PB & J said...

We haven't heard of this one either, but it looks like fun.

Sending you all hugs, hugs and more hugs!

The Furry Kids said...

(((hugs))) and purrs to you guys!

TT said...

I loves readings the reviews of movies that you do. It makes me wants to watch em all.

HUGS to you!!

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Wow, another newbie for us! You find such interesting movies, Tybalt!


((((HUGS))))

Halloween said...

Hi Tybalt! We're sending you many hugs for all of your kind posts and wishes recently. Thanks for being such a good and caring friend on the blogosphere!

Purrs, paws, and hugs, Halloween and her people

Jimmy Joe said...

We didn't know anything about that movie! Thanks, Tybalt. Those pictures after your storm yesterday were amazing. I'm glad Dana had a good time inside!
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

ML said...

Thank you so much for the birthday greetings. Enjoyed your movie review, it's not one we've ever seen.
And, in honor of Miss Bonnie an the Day/ Weekend/ Holiday of HUGS, here’s our hugs to you:
*******hugs******* (KC)
*******hugs******* (Missy)
*******hugs******* (Faith)
*******hugs******* (Sol)
*******hugs******* (Smokey)
*******hugs******* (BJ)
*******hugs******* (Mommy ML)

Love, ML & The Sherwood Bunch

Camie's Kitties said...

(((Hugs))) to all of you from all of us. We love having you as our friends.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Hi Holly and Ivy,

Extra Special (((hugs))) for you for being my special friends. Thank you so much for always being here for me. I know I am shy and don't say much, but you mean a lot to me. *blush*

Cody

Karen Jo said...

Porco Rosso sounds like a very interesting film. Lots of great big {{{HUGS}}} from me to all of you.

Adan*Michico said...

big big hugs from Adan and Lego~!

I like Porco Rosso this movie as well, and the soundtrack also very classic!

MoMo said...

((((HUGS)))) to all of you!!!! Great review and I love Indiana Tybalt!!!! So cool with that hat and whip!!!

Parker said...

We will have to watch that movie Tybalt!
We would also like to send you a big hug in honor of Bonnie -
(((((HUG!!!)))))

JB's Big World said...

My mom has not heard of this one. Looks like it is good. Another great review!
--JB

brandi said...

Never heard of this movie, but it sounds wonderful.

Sending (((((HUGS)))))

Sassy Kat said...

Didn't know about this movie. Two paws up huh? Worth lookin at, thanks for the great review.
Happy Memorial Day.
Sending you hugs in memory of Bonnie Underfoot.
Roscoe, Sassy, Momo & Opus