US title: Tales from Earthsea (Goro Miyazaki, 2006)
Lucía and Jun-Dai at home on 29 December 2013.
The animation style is pretty weak for a Ghibli film. From the very beginning the film resonates with an unearned emotional significance, which quickly becomes quite tiring. The story makes about as much sense as a Wagner opera, which fits in pretty well with the confusing motivations, bizarre pauses, unexplained happenings, and odd character behaviour.
Probably the only thing I really liked about the film was Cob’s castle, which felt very much like an abandoned castle ruin.
It bears no real resemblance to the Earthsea I remember reading, but that was a pretty long time ago.