Porco Rosso was released in 1992 and is Italian for Crimson Pig. Miyazaki wrote and directed this delightful film, which is based on his manga Hikōtei Jidai. Porco Rosso is an eccentric WWI fighter pilot, bounty hunter and a pig. No he isn’t a chauvinist, but a real pig! He has some follies with some pirates and recharges his batteries at the Hotel Adriano ran by his friend Gina.
Porco Rosso is expertly voiced by Michael Keaton. The defeated pirates, upset and intimidated, hire an American pilot Curtis to track down and kill Porco Rosso. He manages to shoot down the pig and destroy his plane, but Keaton survives (of course). What does he do now? Go to Milan.
In Milan, Fio fixes up Porco Rosso’s plane with an all female team. Fio is the granddaughter of his master mechanic and fixes the plane with ease. Anthropomorphic pig fighter pilots do not forget as easily as one may think. Porco heads home, but is captured and ends up dueling Curtis. What happens? How did Porco Rosso become a pig? Does he stay a pig? Only you can answer these questions, by watching this wonderful film!
Strong female characters and airplanes accent this Miyazaki style. Look forward to Porco Rosso 2 in 2013!
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