Another extraordinary work from famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, THE RED TURTLE is also the studio's first international co-production. Academy Award–winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit has collaborated with Ghibli to make his first feature-length film, a tale told with a classic simplicity that belies its emotional power.
Shipwrecked on a deserted island, a lone man struggles to find his place in this new world. The basics for survival are abundant yet frustratingly out of reach, and danger lurks in the smallest of crevices; every isolated grotto is also a potential grave. The man cleverly uses the forest's resources to support his raft-making efforts, but his escape attempts are thwarted by an enormous sea turtle who seems intent on having him stay. Enraged, he attacks the turtle, intent on killing it. What happens next is the beginning of a new chapter in the man's life, one that will instruct him in the ways of companionship and lead him to understand that nature must take its course.
“A simple, gripping story of survival, deriving its sense of adventure from the most basic plot imaginable: Here’s a human being, stranded in a strange place, using his strength, intelligence, and courage to forge some kind of a life for himself… With the help of Ghibli’s artists and technicians—supervised by GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES/THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA director Isao Takahata—THE RED TURTLE is both minimalist and vividly rendered, from the computer-animated waves to the well-articulated hand-drawn human figures.” —Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
“This is, quite simply, thoughtful and ultimately moving animation at its best… With unpretentious poetry to spare, Dutch illustrator and animator Michaël Dudok de Wit winningly expands to feature length the verve that has been evident in his award-winning short films for two decades. “ —Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
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