La Tortue Rouge – The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle is an upcoming French-Japanese animated film directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit in his feature film debut. The film is a co-production between Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, and tells the story of a man who tries to escape from a deserted island and battles a giant turtle. The film has no dialogue.

The Dutch-British illustrator/animator director’s short film ‘Father and Daughter’ won the Academy Award back in 2000, so he’s not a total unknown entity or anything.


As a massive Studio Ghibli fan i am always really excited when there is something new on the horizon, and after watching this trailer i am really looking forward to seeing this one. Although the lack of dialogue can be off-putting to some, it can work really well and the animation itself looks attractive and it reminds me a little bit of Tin Tin.

The film looks a little bit like an animated castaway, and that was a great film, the story of man versus the elements, something huge he must overcome. The emotions that character will struggle with alone as he battles the elements and everything; it looks like a fantastic place to tell a story.


He builds a sweet raft…


Meets some amazing wildlife…


And the scenery is not too shabby either!

I haven’t been this excited about a studio Ghibli film in absolutely ages, and the fact that this is a collaboration just interest me more! – review

One comment

  1. A lush and luminous visual symphony, which celebrates nature as both a furious, deadly force and a soothing source of love, this arthouse animation deserves to draw a big crowd.


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