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When Pigs Fly: Anime, Auteurism, and Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso

This article addresses Western views of the Japanese animation form known as ‘anime’ through an analysis of a lesser-known film by one of the most important anime filmmakers, Hayao Miyazaki. In seeking to build what scholar Thomas Lamarre refers to as a ‘relational’ understanding of anime, we address Miyazaki’s film Porco Rosso through the lens of film studies concepts of auteur theory, and also in relation to the medium of animation. In a range of aspects, from visual approach to its deeper themes, Miyazaki’s work is found to draw on a distinctive set of strategies that might be described as ‘creative traditionalism’. Using Porco Rosso as a case study, our broader argument is that anime, as a form of postmodern popular culture, can be best understood in the West through a triangulation of different approaches that balance issues of form, medium, cultural context, and individual creators.

  • Title (Japanese)
豚が空を飛ぶ時――アニメ、作家主義、そして宮崎の『紅の豚』
  • Publish Date
2007
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  • Publication
Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal
  • Publication Volume
2(1)
  • Publication Page Number
27-42
  • Publication’s Website
http://anm.sagepub.com/content/2/1/27.abstract
  • DOI
10.1177/1746847706068904
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