Porco Rosso Screen 2 articles

Porco Rosso

1992

Porco Rosso Poster
  • PORCO ROSSO is hardly the odd-man-out in Hayao Miyazaki's canon—in fact it's entrenched in his sense of moral ambiguity and vivid visions of flight—but the silly central conceit coupled with an unlikely adult protagonist have left this one easily dismissed. More's the pity, as the animation grandmaster has seldom painted a clearer picture than this anti-war parable set upon a magnificent Mediterranean canvas.

  • Unlike Grave of the Fireflies, Porco Rosso doesn't seek to ponder harrowing realities through an oft-fantastical medium, but rather successfully seeks to balance familiar elements of Hollywood entertainments and Miyazaki's own contemplative philosophies and imaginative, self-effacing personality, not unlike a Hawks or Ford military melodrama.