Tak­ing Flight

He­roes soar and snark in the best of this month’s home video re­leases. By Mercedes Mil­li­gan.

Animation Magazine - - Home Video -

Ac­claimed Ja­panese an­i­ma­tion di­rec­tor Hayao Miyazaki’s fea­ture-length swan song, adapted from his own manga, is a fit­ting fi­nal chap­ter in the master’s the­atri­cal opus. This painterly ef­fort from Stu­dio Ghi­bli fol­lows the in­spired life of Jiro, whose poor eye­sight pre­vents him from be­ing a pi­lot so he rein­vents his dream and be­comes one of the world’s most ac­com­plished air­plane de­sign­ers, in­spired by the great Caproni.

Love, loss and a hint of fan­tasy follow Jiro as he ex­pe­ri­ences some of the key his­tor­i­cal events of the 20th cen­tury.

The English voice cast is lead by Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasin­ski, Martin Short, Stan­ley Tucci and more A-list tal­ent. The DVD re­lease in­cludes the bonus fea­ture Be­hind suc­cess­fully united the dragons and vik­ings of Berk, and dragon rac­ing has taken the is­land by storm. How­ever, the heroic duo are more in­ter­ested in chart­ing the un­mapped ter­ri­to­ries around their lands. On their ad­ven­tures, they en­counter hun­dreds of new dragons and a mys­te­ri­ous dragon rider, and find them­selves in the mid­dle of a bat­tle to de­ter­mine the fu­ture of both species.

Dragon 2 fea­tures the voices of Jay Baruchel,

could make this rough, wild en­ergy spew out onto the screen.”

Cau­tious About the Fu­ture

Taka­hata says he’s “de­lighted” with the en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse The Tale of Princess Kaguya has re­ceived from au­di­ences and crit­ics around the world. But when asked about what comes next, the 79-year-old film­maker speaks with a mix­ture of en­thu­si­asm and cau­tion.

“I have projects I want to film. Whether I can re­al­ize them de­pends on whether I can

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