The Red Turtle


One of the frustrating things about being in Singapore is that I often read about stuff online that I then have no way of personally experiencing easily. Like, for example, weird obscure movies.

While browsing through Studio Ghibli’s wiki entry, I stumbled upon this recent film called ‘The Red Turtle‘, a collaboration between the legendary animation studio and acclaimed Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. This is unusual for Ghibli as they only produced the film with little creative input. Checking around the net the film hasn’t been released commercially yet but the reviews have been good.

Since this is the internet a quick dig around usually gets you more information, but this being such a little known film there’s not much to find. But, BUT, there is an interview with the director covered by The Verge, which does help explain how this collaboration came about.

Based on the reviews and the trailer I can already guess how the story goes, but knowing it doesn’t take away any of the joy I experienced seeing the animation which is exquisite. The soundtrack is just as lovely and (AND) amazingly available on iTunes.

But that’s no consolation knowing that I may have to wait a long, long, time to finally watch the film. Usually such obscure films do eventually make their way to Singapore in a limited format, but it won’t be something you can just walk into a store to purchase. I expect that the library will have a copy some day, but till then I’ll just have to sit and wait patiently for that to happen.

In the meantime check out the trailer below: