The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle

DVD - 2017
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Some thematic elements and peril.
The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD ANIMATED RED
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video,4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital,rda
widescreen (1.85:1),rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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I'm always stunned by the animation work of Studio Ghibli, and this one stands apart from the others because of the lack of dialogue. Sometimes the story left me feeling confused, but the sheer gorgeousness of the whole thing is worth it. Very meditative viewing!

May 05, 2018

If you are looking for action and dialogue, stay away from this one. Almost no dialogue, no narrative, but one can gather from what is shown what is happening most of the time. One could call this a fairy tale of sorts.

Apr 12, 2018

Some films are a speeding train. This one is a hammock on a Saturday afternoon. There's no dialogue, the pace is quite slow and the meaning of the story is subject to interpretation. Yet once you're on its wavelength, the film is a mesmerizing experience.

Feb 18, 2018

I agree with the description on the back cover of the film. But, I guess I was expecting something, or more. Or maybe I’m shallow and can’t see the metaphysical message of the film. “There's no dialogue, the pace is quite slow and the meaning of the story is subject to interpretation.” It’s beautifully drawn or animated.

Feb 09, 2018

Stunning, and gorgeous, thought provoking, amazing animation for the adult audience. I'm still in awe. A masterpiece!

Jan 24, 2018

One of the most beautiful animation i have ever seen. My 6 y.o child and me loved every second of this creation. Also as bonus to DVD, the animator shares some very interesting scetches, shows how to draw some of the personages. It is a chef-d'ouvre! bravo!

Jan 23, 2018

A deviation from the traditional Ghibli style. Ghibli or Miyazaki's style had a pureness and sweetness to it. This one has a lot more depth, but in a melancholic way. It is still good, because it explores more of the humanistic side, whereas Ghibli's style was more uplifting and cute.

Dec 07, 2017

A modern classic. Imagine Ghibli Studio backing a Belgian animator: no dialogues; no big eyes in the manner of Japanese animé; no facial expressions so to speak (remember Tintin with dotted eyes?) YET the subtle colour gradations, the ripples of the sea, and above all, the shadow animations (most scenes happened above or under water) make this a unique experience. Dreamed of a Caribbean vacation with deserted beaches and pristine seas? This is your no-budget ticket. For those who enjoy Hergé, check out June and the Extraordinary World.

PimaLib_LouiseO Nov 20, 2017

Beautiful! Engaging, thoughtful story. Very much enjoyed watching this animated feature.

Oct 25, 2017

This is a decent film- the animation is outstandingly beautiful- however, the story isn't entirely successful in my opinion ( there's a bit too much use of ambiguous symbols used for my taste ). Still, the film is a wonder to behold and it is a good film, one that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Be prepared for the fact this film doesn't have any dialogue ( a couple of shouts here and there ), once you settle into the films rhythms then you can enjoy the experience.

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