DVD 93 minutes 1992
This anime was directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. The original film was created using the Japanese voices of Shuichiro Moriyama; Tokiko Kato; Akemi Okamura; Akio Otsuka and Toshio Suzuk.
Anime Underground -chose this as their first film. The version we watched had been dubbed over in English (thankfully you couldn’t tell) and starred the voice of Michael Keaton. Normally, I would have preferred to watch this film with the original voices, but since the characters were not Japanese -it worked.
How we rated this anime:
Joe Overall score: 8
Susie Overall score: 7
Dee Overall score: 4
We shared one sentence that would describe our scoring:
Joe –it makes me laugh
Dee –horrible ending
During our viewing, we ate popcorn and enjoyed some piping hot tea. Blue (the cat) made a cameo appearance -and stole bits of popcorn from our fingers. Kodiak (the huskadoodle) stole a bowl from the front lawn, and Dee (the owner) had to rescue it.
Things we all noticed:
- They made the American pilot into an idiot -however we were redeemed by the brilliant airplane engineer -a 17 year old girl.
- Porco had a little bit of Humphrey Bogart action and attire going on.
- The big boss Air Pirate looked a lot like Bluto -from Popeye anime
- Notice (as you watch this film) that one fighter pilot (Porco’s best friend) has a 1 on the side of his plane. Porco had the number 4. Madame Gina was married to three pilots and confessed her love for Marco (porco). Susie felt this was a clear indication that Marco and Gina eventually married. We’ll never know -stupid ending.
We wondered if there was any significance to the pig -in Japan. Pig =stupid and rich w/leads to greed.
- Well Porco appeared to earn handsome paychecks as a bounty hunter, and he was stupid for getting himself turned into a pig. Greed was his to call when he forgot about his comrades during a WWI fight.
Next month, we have agreed to watch Black Butler.