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Tales from Earthsea (2006) at a glance

Tales from Earthsea (2006) is the first anime film directed by Gorō Miyazaki. It is loosely based on the first four Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin. The director of this film is the son of Studio Ghibli's co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki.

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Tales from Earthsea (2006) Trailer

Tales from Earthsea (2006) Synopsis

In the land of Earthsea, crops are dwindling, dragons have reappeared and humanity is giving way to chaos. Journey with Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a masterwizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, on a tale of redemption and self-discovery as they search for the force behind the mysterious imbalance that threatens to destroy their world.

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Tales from Earthsea (2006) Review

Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk and Arren.
Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk and Arren.

While it is a wonder that Tales from Earthsea (2006) is a box office success, this animated feature is certainly one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The art is okay but the screenplay is beyond terrible. It is so terrible that I almost don't want to review about this film and am extremely tempted write several paragraphs of dots instead of sharing any of my analysis and thoughts on this film.

Adorable scene.
Adorable scene.

Honestly, it is devastating. One hour into the movie and I am still clueless about the direction of the film or what they actually want to achieve through this anime film. I watched this film with an open mind; I thought this wouldn't be as bad as I've read online and actually intends to defend that it is too harsh to award this film the worst movie and the director as the worst director but... oh well.

I have no idea what I've just been through.
I have no idea what I've just been through.

With no intention of bashing (and spoiling) this film but just for the record, I almost completely dropped this film after plenty of hours of breaks in between. It was truly an unpleasant experience as it spoils my mood so badly but I am glad that I've painfully endured and watched the whole film. At least, I have learned a little about this director, known a little more about this studio, seen one of the worst movies ever and be able to warn you all that you might not want to watch this film.

PS. Still, kudos to the director for making his directorial debut. He has successfully entered the anime film industry with this one.

Update: Added some visuals to the post.

Who will like this?

Be warned that the storyline is too draggy and there are too many pointless scenes with no focus.

Earthsea series author's response:

Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Isao Takahata
Story: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Koji Shiragami
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Sumi Shimamoto, Gorō Naya, Yōji Matsuda, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Iemasa Kayumi
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toei Company, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Anime Fantasy Sci-Fi
Running time: 117 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not sure.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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Tales from Earthsea (2006) Poster


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