Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli explores a new creative direction after the retirement of its founder Hayao Miyazaki with this realistically drawn feature created in partnership with Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. This tale of a shipwrecked man who establishes a family and a new life on an island inhabited by majestic animals is told entirely without dialogue.~Violet LeVoit
I had a huge desire to see this movie ever since I first learned about it last year. Knowing that Studio Ghibli produced it got me very excited, and I had to buy the blu-ray. The style of animation combined with the style of storytelling make for an interesting viewing experience. All Studio Ghibli fans need to watch this.
This was a great movie. It was a Sony Pictures film based off the Studio Ghibli films before it that are owned in part by Disney. This is a very visually stunning movie with almost no audio dialogue aside from music and background noise. But with that in mind the movie worked and it sounds stunning.
The Red Turtle is an extraordinary film, a quintessential example of both cinema- and animation-as-art that confidently, gracefully, and definitively straddles that very delicate and very desirable magical line between purpose, presentation, and entertainment value. The film is unique, visionary in its own right, and wide open for interpretation with no wrong serious answers. It will dazzle as it plays and resonate long after it ends.
Language is not a factor in this one man's stranded survival. Although this is an animated film, I question that a child would remain enthralled for one man's silent solo journey or grasp the contemplations and interpretations inherent in the red turtle's significance. However, for a patient adult willing to take a chance on a meditative animated story that reflects on surviving solitude, this might be the project designed for you.
This is very much a silent film, so our kids did not get it as much as some of the other anime films we have purchased. Regardless, my husband and I found it a beautiful, loving story. Maybe not the best for younger kids, but we really enjoyed the plotline.
I'm tempted to say that words cannot describe this movie, in which no real words are spoken. A man is a castaway on an island, he encounters a red sea turtle, then a woman...later the two have a son. A simple fable so beautifully animated that you wish you could go there. This is one those where you keep telling people "You gotta see this movie!".