Photos - Princess Mononoke
Is anybody still stuck with that crummy Miramax DVD for Mononoke? The colors are bleached out for some unknown reason. I've never understood why this is. The film's brown and green earthtones are turned into a pale white; it's as if the entire cast of characters hailed from northern Minnesota.
Mononoke was the first Miyazaki movie I had seen; up to that point, I had a passing interest in anime, but only really paid attention to the few "big" movies that would arrive every year or two. Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Metropolis, yadda yadda.
Mononoke revealed layer after layer of depth, far more than the simple "be nice to mother nature" moral. This is a far more nuanced, complex, and tragic film than anything we had been exposed to. In Japan, this movie became a blockbuster phenomenon. In America, it was lost to the masses, save for a small, devoted fan base that continued to grow. If you were smart enough, you realized Hayao Miyazaki was someone to watch.
If you have the chance to see Mononoke on the big screen, do it. This is a movie made for the theaters, not the television sets.