Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
Voice Director: Jack Fletcher

US Theatrical: Oct 29, 1999
Japan Theatrical: Jul 12, 1997

Animation Studio: Studio Ghibli

Popularity: 178th All Time, 160th This Week

Characters on BTVA: 16
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said at 8:59 PM on Thu Jan 12 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
Saw this movie for the first time with a friend last week for the 20th Anniversary. It was a great experience!
said at 5:37 PM on Sat Dec 3 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I love this film so much to the acting, Characters, story,and symbolisms truly one remarkable film
Joel the Pokekid
said at 4:24 PM on Wed Jan 20 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
I love this film, but I wouldn't recommend it for just anybody. While I enjoyed it, I think it's very obscene and gory. While I like that kind of thing, if you don't have the dumplings to handle it, then I wouldn't recommend this to you, even if you are a Studio Ghibli fan.
said at 5:30 PM on Mon Sep 28 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Arguably Miyazaki's most "adult" animated feature until "The Wind Rises", it's also the most violent. That said, the major attraction to PRINCESS MONONOKE is its stunningly gorgeous animation and its complex, labyrinthine plot which showcases its characters in shades of grey. This is another one of my favorites from Miyazaki, although it should be noted this movie may be too intense and occasionally gory for children. Luckily, the violence in this movie is tame compared to the likes of NINJA SCROLL or WICKED CITY or even AKIRA. In some ways, this film is a continuation of the ideas that Miyazaki planted in NAUSICAA, but this movie is much more ambiguous in nature, and doesn't even have a particularly happy ending. MONONOKE was a huge box office success in Japan -- the biggest of its year, in fact, until it was only slightly dethroned by TITANIC. In America, however, the film was not as popular due to its adult tone and the fact that audiences are not accustomed to animated films being this way.

Nonetheless, Miramax did a commendable job in dubbing the movie. Neil Gaiman's adaptation script does an outstanding job of striding the line between accurate and natural flow. The director approved of Gaiman's work, and for good reason. Some people have expressed issues with some of the casting choices for certain characters (Billy Bob Thornton as Jigo and Claire Danes as San, for instance), but the voice acting is very well done from everyone involved, IMO, especially Billy Crudup, Minnie Driver, and Keith David, whose rich, resonant baritone not only sets the tone for the story, but also is a fitting choice for the boar god Okkoto.
said at 10:57 AM on Tue Nov 22 2016
@JTurner whoa whoa wait Neil Gaiman did the English version?

god DAMN
said at 10:10 PM on Thu Nov 24 2016
@CaptainGrumpy You didn't know? Yes, Neil Gaiman DID pen the English script of "Mononoke." It was a difficult task, as the man had to find a way to stride the line between staying faithful to the story while reworking it into natural English. He did a very good job IMO.
said at 9:20 PM on Wed Dec 14 2016
@JTurner "It was a difficult task, as the man had to find a way to stride the line between staying faithful to the story while reworking it into natural English."

That could be said for virtually any foreign dub of anything. ADR scriptwriting is a monumentally difficult task compared to how non-existent the attention is that it gets. Neil Gaiman did a wonderful job, but so did the adapters of many other anime. ADR scriptwriters need more spotlight. It's an incredibly painstaking task that pretty heavily affects the quality of the dub.
said at 1:43 AM on Mon Sep 28 2015
Using real VAs could have cut that unpractical budget by 1/30th, but given a much better performance.
said at 1:41 AM on Mon Sep 28 2015
 1 Shout Out!
Also, the dub (and sub for that matter) sucked. Man, Ghibli movies have terribad acting in all languages. Why Because they use terrible "VAs" with no experience and they overspend to create said dubs. $2.1 million for this garbage dub? Some anime series in Japan don't have that funding for their entire runs.
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said at 2:55 PM on Mon Sep 28 2015
Please recognize that there is a distinction between healthy, constructive criticism and discussion, and flat-out bashing. Unfortunately many of your comments come off as the latter. Please try to be more mindful of this in the future.
said at 2:04 PM on Sun Oct 22 2017
@NCZ Agreed wholeheartedly.

And sorry, but this dub is anything but a "garbage dub". Having watched it again recently I can say it holds up as well as it did the first time I saw it. Furthermore, it doesn't matter to me whether the actors are big-names or traditional VAs as long as they do a good job. As far as I'm concerned, this is a movie I could never get tired of watching in English. I tried watching it in Japanese, I honestly did. But I can't enjoy it as much. So for me, the dub is a winner.
said at 1:40 AM on Mon Sep 28 2015
LOL, Disney fail. Adding a narrator where there was none. You'd expect that from 4kids or Saban or early Funimation.
EPA Deane
said at 5:14 AM on Fri Jan 6 2017
@AntiSabat666 It was actually Miramax that did the dub.
said at 10:55 AM on Sun Jan 8 2017
@EPA Deane Maybe, but back then they were a subsidiary of Disney, so technically, it COULD be a Disney dub, too.

Either way, his comment is misguided. The only reason a narrator was added was to give more clarity to the story which audiences in America would be unfamiliar with, and it's basically the same text that we see in the Japanese version (albiet its textless in the dub), so... I don't see what the problem is there. It's hardly taking away anything. And it's hardly 4Kids territory.
said at 2:40 PM on Wed Jan 1 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
This was one of the very few movies I saw where I had the highest expectations going into it, and by the end of all of it, they came out even better than expected.
said at 3:11 PM on Wed Jan 1 2014
@DreamMaster08X It's incredible, and I just wish Disney would release the movie on Blu-ray already!
said at 3:13 PM on Wed Jan 1 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy If it does come out, I might dish out for it to go along with my DVD. So far, the movies I have on Blu-Ray are The Illusionist (a 2010 animated movie), Life of Pi, and the two latest Christmas present additions: From Up On Poppy Hill, and Pacific Rim. XD
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