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Princess Mononoke (1997) - "The Avatar of Anime"

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40134701
UPC: 717951007414
UPC 14: 00717951007414
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Princess Mononoke

An a-list of stars lend their voice talents to this breathtaking animated adventure that follows the fearless princess mononoke as she leads a band of animal gods into battle against humankind.

Claire Danes (THE MOD SQUAD), Minnie Driver (GOOD WILL HUNTING), and Billy Bob Thornton (ARMAGEDDON, SLING BLADE) head a cast of hot Hollywood stars who lend their talents to this exquisitely animated, overwhelmingly acclaimed adventure epic! Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka (Billy Crudup -- WITHOUT LIMITS) sets out for the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi (Driver) and a proud clan of humans against the forest's animal gods, who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke (Danes), a young woman raised by wolves! Also starring Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES) and Jada Pinkett Smith (SCREAM 2), this monumental struggle between man and nature will have you transfixed as stunning artistry blends with epic storytelling to create a uniquely entertaining motion picture!

Editor's Note
A beautifully realized tale of civilization versus nature, PRINCESS MONONOKE is a true epic by Japan's master animator Hayao Miyazaki. While protecting his village from a rampaging boar-god, the warrior Ashitaka (Billy Crudup) is cursed with a rapidly spreading scar that threatens to end his life. Seeking a cure and a reason for the animal-god's attack, he journeys into the sacred depths of the Great Forest Spirit's realm. On the edge of this once serene forest, however, the Tatara clan have begun to destroy the surrounding land to produce iron. In retaliation, San (Claire Danes), the adopted daughter of the wolf-god Moro (Gillian Anderson), has begun raiding the Tatara fortress to stop their encroachment. Soon Ashitaka is caught in the middle and must stop the war between the humans and the forest dwellers before they destroy each other.

Miyazaki, who was personally responsible for 80,000 of the film's 144,000 hand drawings, uses the story's lush feudal setting as a character unto itself, filling the screen with vast mountainous landscapes and gorgeous wooded glens that recall his early film, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND. The film also features battle sequences that are reminiscent of the stunning live action warfare in Akira Kurosawa's RAN. The startlingly fluid movements of these mythological characters are detailed far beyond any other hand-animated production, easily making this one of the most spectacular animated films ever made.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/8/2002
Video Play Time Running Time: 150 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1997
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 19300
Video UPC UPC: 00717951007414
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English Dubbed, French Dubbed, Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gillian Anderson - Voice
Video Cast Info Hayao Miyazaki - Editor
Video Cast Info Toshio Suzuki - Producer
Video Cast Info Minnie Driver - Voice
Video Cast Info Takeshi Seyama - Editor
Video Cast Info Joe Hisaishi - Composer
Video Cast Info Neil Gaiman - Adaptation
Video Cast Info Keith David - Voice
Video Cast Info John DeMita - Voice
Video Cast Info Billy Crudup - Voice
Video Cast Info Hayao Miyazaki - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Atsushi Okui - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jada Pinkett - Voice
Video Cast Info Billy Bob Thornton - Voice
Video Cast Info Claire Danes - Voice
Video Cast Info Hayao Miyazaki - Director
Plot Summary
Hayao Miyazaki's epic is a stunning achievement that stands firmly as one of the greatest animated films of all time. PRINCESS MONONOKE tells the story of Ashitaka, a young man who finds himself afflicted with a life-threatening illness, while trying to protect his village from a vicious boar-god. He journeys into a mystical forest to find a cure for his malady, as well as a reason for the boar-god's existence. Once there, he finds himself in the middle of a feud between forest creatures--who want to protect their land--and humans--who want to destroy it. Brilliant animation highlights this action-packed adventure, which is one of the most successful films in the history of Japanese cinema.

Memorable Quotes

"You cannot alter your fate. However, you can rise to meet it, if you choose."----Oracle to Ashitaka (Billy Crudup)

"To see with eyes unclouded by hate."----Ashitaka, explaining to Lady Eboshi (Minnie Driver) why he has traveled to meet the Tatara clan

"Now watch closely everyone. I'm going to show you how to kill a god."----Lady Eboshi to the hunters

"The Shishigami will never die. He is both life and death itself. He told me to live."----Ashitaka to San (Claire Danes)

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...[A] work of extravagant beauty and savage grace..." 11/11/1999 p.145

Entertainment Weekly
"...A windswept pinnacle of its art....Anyone with a taste for sheer wonder will be in heaven..." -- Rating: A 11/26/1999 p.71

"...It's hard to deny the ambition of the storytelling, the ferocity of the action, or the sheer weirdness..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - Watch More Than Once 10/01/2000 p.90

Entertainment Weekly
Ranked #6 in Entertainment Weekly's "BEST VIDEOS OF 2000" 12/22/2000 pp.120-3

New York Times
"...A landmark feat of Japanese animation from the acknowledged master of the genre....This intricate, epic fable is amazing to behold..." 09/27/1999 p.E1

Box Office
"...Elegant and visually sophisticated..." 07/01/1999 p.77

Los Angeles Times
"...It marries a remarkable sense of visual fantasy, both lyric and violent, with an ecology-themed story and complex characters. It's an adult fairy tale, animation as we've not experienced it before..." 10/29/1999 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...PRINCESS MONONOKE is a great film....The artistry in PRINCESS MONONOKE is masterful..." 10/29/1999 p.31

Total Film
"...Bursting with imagination..." 04/01/2001 p.112

Sight and Sound
"[I]t's easy to get swept up in this sprawling man-versus-nature allegory, thanks to meticulous design work, fierce action and indelible creations..." 06/01/2006 p.91

Product Attributes

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