Studio Ghibli: Porco Rosso (1992)

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The story of Porco Rosso begins when director Hayao Miyazaki was approached by Japan Airlines to produce a short 30-to-45 minute movie for the company to show during their flights. “A movie which tired businessmen on international flights can enjoy even with their minds dulled due to lack of oxygen” is a famously what Japan Airlines was looking for. By the time Miyazaki was done, Porco Rosso had not only morphed into a feature-length film, it had become the second flat-out masterpiece of the director’s career.

Along with My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery ServicePorco Rosso forms part of a trilogy of films that I like to refer to as Miyazaki’s “small child” trilogy. Why do I call them that? Well, first of all, they are three of Miyazaki’s most kid-friendly movies, and they were produced one after the other. There is relatively little violence and almost no scary parts in them. I wouldn’t hesitate in…

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