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The Art of Porco Rosso (Studio Ghibli Library) [Hardcover]

Hayao Miyazaki
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9 Jun 2011 Studio Ghibli Library
In early 1930's era Italy, bounty hunters and high flyers of all sorts rule the skies. The most cunning and skilled of these pilots is Porco Rosso, a man cursed with the head of a pig after watching the spirits of the pilots killed in the last air battle he fought in rise to the heavens. He now makes a living taking jobs, such as rescuing those kidnapped by air pirates. Donald Curtis, Porco's rival in the air and in catching the affections of women, provides a constant challenge to the hero, culminating in a hilarious, action-packed finale.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591167043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591167044
  • Product Dimensions: 30.1 x 21.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hayao Miyazaki is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, the award-winning Japanese animation studio and production company behind worldwide hits such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and SPIRITED AWAY.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A High flying must for Animation fans. 12 Nov 2006
By kupocake VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
The Art of Porco Rosso, is part of the Japanese Animage 'Art of' Studio Ghibli series, translated for English speaking audiences by Viz Media. At present, there are five books in the series available in the west, and this one is certainly a solid addition. Porco Rosso is in fact one of my least loved Ghibli movies, but this book does it justice and then some...

After rapidly creating a string of successful productions in the late 80s, Ghibli entered the new decade with a firm financial base and the ability to comfortably take on riskier projects. Takahata's effort was his 1991 film Only Yesterday, which targeted a demographic of young women usually overlooked by Anime. Miyazaki was effectively tasked with creating a safer project, an exciting action movie, though he had a comfortable 3 year period to do this in (earlier projects had taken little more than a year). Nonetheless, Miyazaki poured his soul into Porco Rosso with its focus on flight, a topic of obsession for the director. The design work presented in The Art of Porco Rosso is an interesting look at Miyazaki's passion, and he has written a particularly good foreword on the topic.

Porco Rosso's had a unique development period. Starting life as a small Manga for a modelling magazine, it grew into an Animation project to be shown on Japanese international flights into a full movie project. This makes the anecdotes in this particular book that bit more interesting to read, which is fortunate because the book has the least to say about the technical side of animation, as Porco Rosso simply built upon the progress that Kiki's Delivery Service had made, and avoided dabbling in the CGI effects that would be so striking in the films of the next decade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film stills overwhelm the art 13 Feb 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:19 Mins
Porco Rosso, the movie, is actually based on a 15-page water-coloured manga by Hayao Miyazaki. Included in the book are 3 pages from that manga and they look really fantastic.

The only one thing I don't like about the book is there are too much screenshots from the movie. The concept art consists of character designs, airplane designs, publicity posters and storyboards. I love that they included the film ending credit illustrations. Overall, the amount of concept art is still overwhelmed by the film stills.

Right at the end, there are over 60 pages of the screenplay, broken down to story beats with captions. There are also 5 full black and white pages from the original manga.

There's also not much writeup except to explain a little history on the story.

This book is still good just that it's not as great compared to the art-of books released for later movies.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pigs can fly ! 15 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the film, so the book was an obvious purchase - but - what stops this from acheiving top rating is the fact that the pictures far outweigh the amount of text and leaves you wanting to know more of the technical stuff.
As with all Ghibli/Miyazaki work, the images are sublime, so I am willing to forgive.
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