After the retirement of one of Studio Ghibli’s co-founders, Hayao Miyazaki, the company announced that it would temporarily halt production of any new animations. It would seem, then, that the halt wasn’t as long as initially expected with the company releasing the official trailer for The Red Turtle, the first since the announcement.
Having received early released at Cannes earlier this year, the English-dubbed international release for the animated film is scheduled for 20 January 2017. The film doesn’t follow the typical style from the studio, with its kid-friendly approach and chaotic environment. The Red Turtle, instead, features the story of a man alone on a deserted island. The reason for this is thanks to the co-production with Dutch animator, Michaël Dudok de Wit, while the film was animated in France and Belgium by a series of animation companies.
The most intriguing fact about the film, however, lies in it’s wordless approach, with none of the characters ever saying a word, which bares resemblance to films of old. I’ve watched all Studio Ghibli animated films, and look forward to yet another.
“The film tells the story of a man washed up onto an island populated by turtles and crabs, but devoid of humans. The castaway finds himself confronted by a huge red turtle, which obstructs his efforts to escape the island, but also with whom the castaway bonds. He eventually comes to accept his fate and learns to survive alone on the island. That is until the red turtle mysteriously became a woman. The couple go through life’s milestones surrounded by crabs, insects and a vast ocean.”