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Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso depicts the story of a bounty hunter caught up in the middle of a wartorn era. His name is Marco Porcellino, his alias: Crimson Pig.

A highly skilled aerodynamic pilot, who shows an arrogant and cold front, Marco does not recieve a lot of sympathy from the aerial pirates that plunder the Adriatic Sea (Ocean bordering Italy and Croatia). He would be the perfect stereotype cover photo for the Italian Avation Weekly magazine, except for ooone minor problem. Marco, is a pig.

However, this does not set him back any…Marco is actually quite satisfied with being in this state of affairs. Human problems and emotions cannot bother him anymore, like love, lust, and war, but under the pig fat that keeps him humbly protected and sheltered, you shall find a sensitive side to Marco. A side of pride, braveness, and caring for those around him, willing and able to bet his skin for a friend or to challenge the whole world for love. Unfortunately, he will never recognize this lost hope…he’d much rather be relaxing on his lonely island in the sea, sipping on high quality wine…or a fast fly on his hydroplane, the Savoia S21.

Info & Credits

Title Porco Rosso
Japanese Title 紅の豚
Japanese Title (Romanized) Kurenai no buta (The Crimson Pig)
Release Date 1992
Rated PG
Duration 1 hr 34 min

The characters

 image001 Marco Pagott (Porco Rosso)
Porco Rosso is a famous bounty hunter in the Adriatic Sea, near Italy. He had his head transformed into the head of a pig for unknown reasons, and doesn’t seem to pay much mind to it. He enjoys flying and fixing his seaplane, spending time at the Hotel Adriano, and sleeping on the beach in his secret hideout inside a rock formation. He dislikes air pirates and anyone from the fascist Italian government. He is an excellent bounty hunter, claiming fame from both his pig’s head and his high success rate. He used to fly for the Italian air force, but quit a long time ago. He has many friends left over from his days in the war, including Gina and Ferrarin.
image002 Gina
Gina is the owner of the Hotel Adriano, which is on an island in the Adriatic Sea. She has been married three times to pilots, all of which died in action in various wars. She maintains her old friendship to Porco, and is one of the few people Porco genuinely respects. She has won the admiration of nearly all the seaplane pilots in the Adriatic. She is a beautiful singer and charismatic host. She worries for Porco’s safety, as he ignores the government’s laws and likes irritating seaplane pirates.
 image003 Fio Piccolo
Fio Piccolo, granddaughter of Mr. Piccolo, was born in America. She is 17 years old, but already shows great promise as a seaplane engineer. She is responsible, hardworking, and friendly. She is not intimidated by men. She can be a little reckless with her decisions, but had good intentions.
image004 Donald Curtis
Donald Curtis is an American pilot staying in the Adriatic for the summer. He is a better pilot than all of the Adriatic pirates. He is proud of his abilities as a seaplane racer and fighter pilot. He is very forward to women, sometimes proposing marriage to them the first time he sees them. He plans on going to Hollywood, and then running for president of the United States.
image005 The Mama Aiuto Gang
The Mama Aiuto gang is the leading gang of seaplane pirates in the area. They regularly attack tourist boats to steal their valuables, and are not above kidnapping and threatening. They are generally not a threat to Porco, though, and he regularly shoots down their plane for a quick bounty. They are headed by a man only referred to as “Boss”. The Boss is loud and a little foolish, but he has a respect for women and children and some decent manners, for a seaplane pirate. “Mama Aiuto” means “Help, Mama!” in Italian.
 image006 Ferrari
Ferrari is one of Porco’s old friends from his days in the Italian air force. Unlike Porco, Ferrari has stayed in the air force and become a major. He thinks that Porco should stop tempting the law and rejoin the air force. Porco doesn’t find this option appealing, as he’d “rather be a pig than a fascist.”
 image007 Mr. Piccolo
Mr. Piccolo is the owner of Piccolo Seaplane Co. and the grandfather of Fio. He has been repairing Porco’s plane every now and then for many years. He likes to make money from his business. He is spirited for a man his age. He is protective of his granddaughter and somewhat religious.
image008 Piccolo Women
The men of the Piccolo family have all left to find work, so Mr. Piccolo’s work team is made up entirely of women. The women are of all ages. Porco doesn’t think that the women can do nearly as good a job as the men.
image009 Frequent Hotel Adriano guests
Many of the more frequent guests at the Hotel Adriano are air pirates. They are united by a common enemy: Porco. Porco pays little mind to them, as they are no match for him in the skies, and Gina manages to keep them from rioting whenever Porco stops by the hotel, since they all admire Gina. It is rumored that they never bathe.
 image010 Material Shopkeeper
The shopkeeper sells Porco parts and ammunition for his plane. He shares Porco’s disrespect for the government.

Production Credits

Director Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay (JP) Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay and Adaptation (US) Cindy Davis Hewitt, Donald H. Hewitt, Jim Hubbert
Executive Producers Yoshio Sasaki, Sokai Tokuma, Yasuyoshi Tokuma, Matsuo Toshimitsu, Hideo Ogata
Producers (JP) Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki
Producers (US) Rick Dempsey, Edward M. Lott
Original Music Joe Hisaishi
Theme Songs Tokiko Kato ("Taki ni wa mukashi no hanashi wo"), Gustavo Borner (US) ("Le temps des cerises" – Gina’s Song)
Casting (US) Ned Lott
Cinematography Atsushi Okui, Mark Henley (US)
Editing Takeshi Seyama
Production Manager Nozomu Takahashi
Art Director Katsu Hisamura
Sound Director Naoko Asari
Sound Effects Kazutoshi Sato
Special Effects Kaoru Tanifuji, Tomoji Hashizuma, Tokiko Tamai

Voice Casting

Character English Japanese
Porco Rosso Michael Keaton Shuichiro Moriyama
Gina Susan Egan Tokiko Kato
Donald Curtis Cary Elwes Akio Otsuka
Fio Piccolo Kimberly Williams-Paisley Akemi Okamura
Mamma Aiuto Boss Brad Garrett Tsunehiko Kamijo
Grandpa Piccolo David Ogden Stiers Sanshi Katsura
Grandma ??? Hiroko Seki
Mamma Aiuto Gang Bill Faggerbakke
Kevin Michael Richardson
Frank Welker

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