Porco Rosso and Fio Porco Rosso is another film directed by the outstanding Hayao Miyazaki.  This film is about a half human and half pig names Porco.  Porco was human at one time, when fighting in the Italian Air force during World War I.  Porco went by the name Marco Rossolini while human.  He was one of Italy’s finest pilots during the war.  He was greatly affected by the wars trauma and turned into a pig.  Porco has a very Lasse faire attitude about once being human.  He often cracks jokes about not having to pay taxes because he is a pig and not a human.  Porco has many women in awe of him.  For some reason women flock to him. 

 

 

For example, Gina, who runs a sea pirates/pilots hotel and restaurant has shown the most love interest in Porco.  She has known Porco since he was a human or called Marco.  Gina is a very attractive young lady.  She has many pirates and air pilots interested in her.  The pirates are irritated that she has taken a liking to Porco.  They are also jealous because Porco is the town hero as their local bounty hunter.  He always catches the pirates in action when they are attempting to rob from others.  Porco is seen flying to the rescue in his red-fighter plane at almost all times.  That is until hot-shot, American pilot Curtis comes into the picture.  Curtis is mesmerized by Gina’s beauty and longs to be with her.  He claims he will be famous in Hollywood someday.  Curtis decides to take Porco on in hopes of winning over Gina.  During the airplane fight off, Porco’s plane is damaged extensively.  He is forced to make an emergency landing.  He takes his plane to the Piccolo Company to get fixed.  There he is shocked to learn that his friend will not be fixing it but his friends granddaughter, Fio, will be.  Fio is very excited to start renovating and repairing the plane.  She does so perfectly.  She decides to ride off with Porco, when the plane is finished, as his “hostage”  from the Italian Air Force.  Fio makes Porco think about his past.  She asks him many questions.  She even gets him in trouble a bit with the pirates.  When she makes a deal that she will marry Curtis if Porco does not defeat Curtis in an airplane fight.  Even though Fio subjects herself to marriage, she is saving Porco’s life from the pirates killing him.  Porco and Curtis are up in the air for a great deal of the film trying to take each other down.  Both of the pilots have jammed ammunition that will not shoot.  It is decided that they will land and finish the fight man-to-man.  The film

shows Curtis and Porco beating each other past recognition.  A bit much for the young-eyed viewers.  Porco is about ready to give up when Gina flies in.  Porco’s energy is renewed by her presence.  Porco end’s up defeating Curtis. Porco is about to send young Fio back to Italy with Gina when she leaps on Porco and kisses him.  Porco magically turns back into his human form as Marco Rossolini.

This movie has a decent story line.  It, however, does not fit most of Miyazaki’s enviromnental lessons to his young anime viewers.  The film shows some pretty water seens and light fluffy clouds as the backdrop.  This makes the movie rather artistic.  I was surprised by the amount of fighting in this film.  The film had long drawn out seens of airplane fighting and human fighting.  I began to lose interest and focus during these times.  I could see a male audience being more captivated by this film than a female audience.  I watched this movie with my five younger brothers and they quite enjoyed it.  I may have dozed a few times during it but made a conscious effort to reconnect and watch the film a second time!  The films story line was average.  I liked that Fio was able to take over the Piccolo Company.  I assumed  that Gina and Porco got together after he turned back to human.  The movie was decent and somewhat captivating.  I would disregard the PG rating though with the large amount of fighting.  As a parent, I would recommend Ponyo or Princess Mononoke for a better children’s choice for a film.

By: Lindsey Pifher                     

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