The Red Turtle


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Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

NOTE: Mild Themes

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"Worthwhile To Complete Your Ghibli Collection"
3 stars"
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This film was a first in that it was a collaborative work between the famed Studio Ghibli and an outside director; in this case, a Dutch director called Michael Dudok de Wit, known for his award-winning animated shorts. While ‘The Red Turtle’ has been extremely well received by critics, I didn't appreciate it to the same degree; I expected a high-value treasure, washed ashore and fully of intrigue, but found it more like an item clearly modelled off another, but lacking the same mastery.

Overall, the film is dull and simple, and tells the tale of a man who finds happiness while being stranded on a lonely island, with the Red Turtle as his only companion. I was glad that it didn't win the 2016 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature that it was nominated for (it lost to ‘Inside Out’, by Disney Pixar); while Hollywood must be kept in check by outside film producers, I'm glad that the makers of ‘The Red Turtle’ will have to go back and try again; creators of films like this can produce genuine treasures, and I'd love to see this team's creation when they do.

So, overall; my recommendation- Don't bother with this film, unless an animated turtle would bring you delight (this one's a stunner and one of the film's highlights), need to see it to complete your Ghibli checklist, or you're not familiar with films of this type and have nothing to compare it to.

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"Not much dialogue. Makes it hard to follow."
4 stars"
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I found this one quite hard to follow as opposed to the other Studio Ghibli films at there is very little dialogue. I had a vague idea about what had happened but I don't know if I missed something.


A poignant, wordless fable of luminous imagery and swirling animation.

In a majestic world of intricate hand-drawn textures, a shipwrecked man is found marooned on a desert island. With his attempted escapes thwarted by the strange and larger-than-life titular red reptile, the man's existence is forever altered when something
extraordinary occurs.

Academy Award:registered:-winning Dutch animator, Michaël Dudok de Wit, makes his feature-length directorial debut with a beautiful film that marks the first ever international co-production with the famed Studio Ghibli.

Critic Reviews

“Like Ghibli's classic films, especially Hayao Miyazaki's, it lavishes as much attention on the natural world as the creatures who inhabit it.”
 – Slate

“This quiet meditation on humans' relationship with nature hews to Ghibli's core values of exquisitely rendered visual images combined with gently ruminative sensibilities.”
 – Washington Post

The Red Turtle's humanity is completely experiential in a way that matches the best Studio Ghibli joints.”
 – Rolling Stone

“This is one of those animations that creates a world so beautiful the characters need only wander around in it.”
 – Chicago Reader

Release date Australia
July 20th, 2017
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
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  • Animation
  • Drama
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