Tales From Earthsea

Tales From Earthsea

DVD - 2018
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Rating: PG-13; for some violent images.
In a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment, crops are dwindling, dragons have reappeared, and humanity is giving way to chaos. Journey with Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a master wizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, on a tale of redemption and self-discovery as they search for the force behind a mysterious imbalance in the land of Earthsea. Based on the classic fantasy book series by Ursula Le Guin.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Shout Factory, [2018]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Merenwen
Nov 09, 2017

Pros: beautiful animation, and a great voice cast. (Cheech Marin especially! I'd love to see - er, hear, him do more voice-over work.)

Cons: the story is disjointed and makes absolutely no sense. I think they tried to do too much all at once.

I've been fond of Studio Ghibli ever since I saw Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, but this movie didn't do it for me. The art would make a good coffee-table book, though.

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thoshmore
Nov 28, 2015

I'm another person who grew up on the originals, and loves Hayao Miyazaki -- and this is neither of them. It's pretty, it's got a very murky story line and doesn't explain a lot of what's going on, and it was ultimately disappointing. Ms. LeGuin has gone on record as not liking this adaptation, for several reasons (including the director making all the characters white, rather than Asian/Pacific Islanders -- it's set in an archipelago, remember?). In the end, I'm glad I've seen it, but I would not recommend it to someone who knows either Hayao Miyazaki's work or Ursula LeGuin's. It's clearly a journeyman effort by Goro Miyazaki, rather than a masterpiece.

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Love_Legolas_111
Jan 25, 2015

Wow, I was not expecting to enjoy this like I did! After reading the reviews here (and hearing the “messed up” [according to one of my friends who had seen this] plotline), I thought it would just be an average Studio Ghibli movie (like From Up On Poppy Hill and Pom Poko), not really something that blew me away or anything. And although it isn’t a complete masterpiece like Ghibli classics such as Howl’s Moving Castle (my personal favorite), Castle in the Sky, and Spirited Away, it was a very intriguing, beautiful story that drew my interest from the very beginning and held it captive. I was caught up in the story and the conflicts that the characters faced, especially Arren. I seriously fell in love with Arren’s personality and character. He was complex, deep, mysterious, and you can’t help but love and fear for him. The supporting characters (Sparrowhawk, Therru, Tenar, and Lord Cob) were extremely good. They were unique, interesting, and all interacted with each other in a different way. Also, this movie makes me VERY interested in the books series, which I have not read. Because I’m sure the movie left out TONS of details (if the previous reviews here are any evidence), I’m sure I’d love the books even more. At any rate, a beautiful film that deserves more attention. And to those not happy with it because it isn’t accurate according to the books, I really do understand where you’re coming from. I mean, that’s basically my opinion on the recent Hobbit films (you can check out my reviews on those if you want). But, really, my view is you can spend all your time pointing out all the flaws in the movie and how much it was different from the original (and BELIEVE ME, I do this), or you can just stick around and enjoy the new ride. I plan to go read this series now, and I may change my opinion slightly on this movie when I’m done. But for now, I will say I really enjoyed it. Oh, also, the way the movie dealt with the themes of life and death was gorgeous. Ghibli has not let me down and surprised me once again.

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GuyN
Jan 15, 2015

Warning! Do not go in with high expectations. This is Goro Miyazaki (the son, not the eminent father) and the story is only vaguely related to Ursula K. LeGuinn's Earthsea books. That said, the animation itself is beautiful (by the standards of its time), and although confusing the film is worth watching, IF you eschew the dubbed version and watch the Japanese language version with English subtitles. Why? I can't vouch for the accuracy of the translation, but the tone of the dialog is way more appropriate in Japanese, the English version being flat and lifeless. The music is different between the two soundtracks. The English is overamped with soaring strings and full orchestra. The Japanese is predominantly flute music with other wind instruments (including ocarina, whistle, and gaita sometimes.) It really complements the visuals while the English sound is just distracting. So, just look at the pretty visuals, don't expect LeGuin (she herself didn't recognize it), or a coherent plot, and you can have an enjoyable visual time of it.

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Pccheong
May 14, 2014

Having not read the books I cannot compare the movie to the source material. From a cinematic standpoint this is not an H. Myiazaki film and it shows. It's a weird fantasy piece that is still very intresting despite the strange characters and confusing scenes/actions.

X_andor_Who Mar 30, 2014

Tales from Earthsea (A Studio Ghibli and Disney movie): Initially I thought it to be weird when there was this scene near the beginning of the story where a boy stabbed an established to the story, kind and caring king character; and him, the boy, taking the king’s sword into his hands, runs off as the scene fades black and then appears the title of the story, Tales from Earthsea. Scene switches to a hooded man, rowing boat, and he, the hooded man, eventually coming across and finding a boy, who wholly seemed to be surrounded by a band of wild wolves. Arren, a boy with a stolen sword, accompanies Sparrowhawk, (an archemage wizard). Sparrowhawk, a seemly middle aged man in appearance, rescues Arren from a predatory pack of ravenous wolves. The two of them sojourn together and head to city Hort of near and nigh some sea’s port. Themes: Words are decidedly dire and most pertinently important in this piece and all walks of life as they can cast creation itself and as well, destroy it. Words such as one’s believed true name are also theme in Tales of the Earthsea movie. Life and death and the balance between them are themes, too. Issues at hand that get addressed in the movie: Slavery in its various forms is encountered. The throes and revealing calamities of corporeal and ethereal chemicals are shown to be both abusive to body and to mind, and this is apparent when mind of one disappears, and body becomes sickly shadow, dependent on the illusion of drug installments to sustain a dream of mere seeming contentment to last a moment longer. Other things I thought and felt were of noticeable discernment in this DVD were: Riders were riding buffalos and Arren had his llama-horse to ride upon. Slavery to ignorance was theme. Nice symbolism: Arren means sword in the World of Ea …Lebannen is life in German. Therru, (Tehanu is her true name), says earlier in the movie that she loves life. So to equate, it can be said then that she loves Lebannen, which is life…and if further stated, if life can be found in all living beings, then to love all who have life, would also be an acceptable statement. To love all life…is to live as all life. Another note of interest when I first saw it, came when Arren brandished his sheathed sword: Arren, suddenly without warning, gains gifted god of war-like sword skills when it came to the scene where he dispatched two town guards with graceful ease. Previously before this engaging battle bout, the guards and their captain had been pestering and wanting maybe to enslave a girl named Therru (who they also called a witch, now whether which she was a witch was undetermined). Later when Arren is sleeping and dreaming, he is awoken to the same captain of the guards, who earlier, along with two other guards had been assaulting the girl, Therru. Now Arren becomes enslaved and the sheathed sword gets thrown away. Both master magicians, Cob and Hawk, speak eloquently in a suave soft genteel voice whenever they wish and want deliver their words towards those whom are around them. Outside the choice of familiarizing oneself with the movie, there is also a nice DVD interactive section in the extras section called The World of Ghibli. I’ve played some video games that work in this same kind of way, and these games would have this same pictorial setup for entering into worlds via portals and gateways. I thought and felt this extras section to be an enchanting experience…just as the movie, Tales from Earthsea, was. I liked the rapport between Sparrowhawk and Tenar. They seem to have humble origins in the past with one another. Tales from Earthsea was an excellent old school-looking animation; it was a terrific tale told, having both virtue and vice; and it would show what would become of world of old, where when perpetual breeding of imbalance brings and harbingers in only putrid and impoverished paradises. An excellent animation. Rating: 5.0/5.0; Xandor Who

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3reading4stem2011
Mar 25, 2014

I didn't know about this Dvd back when I was reading the books in this series, but I will say that they chose a very superior animator Mr. Miyazki. I think that the son did an okay job.

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MerryMaker777
Feb 24, 2014

Not a Hayao Miyazaki movie. Directed by his son Goro. Only credit he gets is 'Concept'.

I tried to watch this (loved the books) and was so saddened and confused. Ms. LeGuin has had pretty abysmal luck with adaptations. The old PBS telefilm of Lathe of Heaven - while deeply flawed, is probably the best Hollywood (or apparently even Studio Ghibli) can muster.

This is neither a good Studio Ghibli film nor a good adaptation of the original works.

Howl's Moving Castle (which had very little to do with the source material either) was successful despite its differences.

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liya6
Dec 14, 2013

Really good movie! Hayao Miyazaki is my FAVORITE film director! Never stoped loving his movies!

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Assassin_J_Reader
Dec 13, 2013

I just love it!!!
it may not be the best from studio ghibli but i still love it!!!

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Love_Legolas_111
Jan 25, 2015

Violence: Being rated PG-13, there is a good amount of violence. People are stabbed (and when done so, blood spills out), have their limbs cut off, caused pain by dark magic, etc. In the beginning when two dragons are fighting, one snaps the other's neck; blood spurts out of the wound and the wounded dragon's mouth as it falls to its death in the sea.

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