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