Porco Rosso (1992)

Genres - Adventure, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Anime, Family-Oriented Adventure, Fantasy Adventure  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this tale about a former World War I flying ace who is also a pig. Slouching toward middle age, Porco Rosso makes his living by flying about in his bright red bi-plane and fighting sky bandits who prey on cruise ships sailing the Adriatic. When he's not engaging in dogfights, this porcine pilot lives on a deserted island retreat. Porco Rosso was once a strapping young man, but after his entire squadron was wiped out, he was mysteriously transformed into a pig. Rosso is defeated in a dogfight against a dashing American rival, who has been hired by the dastardly bandits. With his plane damaged, he finds a repair hangar near Milan run by an aging mechanic named Piccolo, and his spunky granddaughter Fio. Initially skeptical of her mechanical prowess, Rosso is amazed when she and a legion of local women fix his plane. Soon, Porco Rosso is ready to battle his rival.

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crimefighter, pig, flying-ace, hero, pilot, rescue, romance, transformation, barnstorming, guilt, villain, dogfight [airplanes], good-guy, mechanic