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    tales from earthsea

    have anyone seen the new ghibli movie tales from earthsea. did you like it. was it a good movie for Gorō Miyazaki being it was his first movie.
    any part you didnt like?
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    Re: tales from earthsea

    It was a pretty lousy Studio Ghibli film totally lacking in the subtlety, thematic depth and feeling of scope that I usually look for in a film from the studio... In spite of having begun from the 3rd Earthsea book, none of the rules, mechanics or background of the Earthsea world were properly explained before plunging forward into the story. Too much makes no sense without having read the books... while those who have read the books will notice giant chunks of it's core excised with gaping plot-holes left in their wake.

    Lord Cobb is one of the most homophobic, generic and unnecessary villains to ever inhabit an animated film... for one so incredibly powerful and wise, his motivations are surprisingly one-dimensional and childlike. He is a charicature of a twisted mind with no substance at all...

    Arren's transformations are jarring, far too obvious, and unconvincing... we never know the nature of the shadow that haunts him or that it was Sparrowhawk who let it loose on the world so long ago...

    The real hero of Earthsea, Sparrowhawk is reduced to a mild-mannered "ojisan" figure. We never learn of his heroic past and it's left to Arren to be the only real "hero" in the story.

    Relationships between characters who barely met in the novels form the emotional core of the entire film...

    The animation was frightfully cheap for a Ghibli film and the world seems only half-realized. Characters do not move with the sharpness, speed or weight which we're accustomed to marvelling at in Miyazaki's work...

    That said, the music was as lovely as anyone could ever have hoped, the soundtrack makes me cry, and I do appreciate the attempt made to turn a story so "big" into one so small and personal... it's not a bad movie, it's just an incredibly dissappointing one.

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    Re: tales from earthsea

    Quote Originally Posted by tsurara View Post
    The animation was frightfully cheap for a Ghibli film and the world seems only half-realized. Characters do not move with the sharpness, speed or weight which we're accustomed to marvelling at in Miyazaki's work...
    I'd like to point out that this was Miyazaki's Son's movie. His father had extreme reservations about his son directing the film, so much so that it drove a rift between the two, and weren't on speaking terms

    After his father previewed the film, he sent a note to his son saying "It was made honestly, so it was good", what that means is anyone's guess, but it might show that the rift between them is healing.

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    Re: tales from earthsea

    Quote Originally Posted by aceman67 View Post
    I'd like to point out that this was Miyazaki's Son's movie. His father had extreme reservations about his son directing the film, so much so that it drove a rift between the two, and weren't on speaking terms
    It may have been Goro Miyazaki's work... but the work was done with his father's studio (a studio that is known for exceptional animation and quality work in spite of the director in charge) and on a project originally secured by Hayao Miyazaki with the understanding that the FATHER and not the son would be helming the adaptation.

    Ursula K. Le'guin has posted messages on her website in both English and Japanese criticising the quality of the film and making clear her dissapointment that after having given the rights to the books to the studio under the understanding that Hayao would direct, the project was shuffled off to his son in a bait and switch.

    Hayao Miyazaki has since "un-retired" yet ~again~ leading quite a few people to think that the feud, the handoff of Gedo Senki and quite a few other developments surrounding the film were just a PR stunt to give Goro a head start in succeeding his father. It worked. Gedo Senki outgrossed the competition for over 2 months in the Japanese box office ~_~;

    It's hard to blame fans (and the author) for feeling a little betrayed by the quality of the film.

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    Re: tales from earthsea

    Grumble Grumble Grumble

    Its unfortunate that the Region 1 release of this feature is tied up in a copyright/trademark dispute with a Sci-Fi channel movie of the same name. Comments have been said that it could take as long as up to 2010 before the Sci-Fi channel rights to the name expires...
    FAVOURITE THREADS EXPLAIN why, or risk an infraction.
    Rantings of a Grouchy Old Anime Otaku

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    Re: tales from earthsea

    Good thing the Region 2 DVD has a perfectly lovely English translation included both in subtitles and professional voiceovers.

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