Next on my journey through the Studio Ghibli back catalogue - Tales from Earthsea (2006)
I guess it had to happen sooner or later. While Tales from Earthsea is by no means a dud, it just doesn’t stand up to the vast majority of Ghibli’s output.
Loosely based on the Earthsea series of novels from Ursula K. Le Guin, Tales from Earthsea sets up an expansive, intriguing world that seems to draw influence from Middle Eastern, Celtic and Norse mythologies, with more than a hint of Game of Thrones in there as well (although it predates GOT by a good few years), yet the execution just isn’t particularly engaging.
The plot of plodding and the characters pretty flat, with the emotional engagement that Studio Ghibli are so renowned for frustrating missing.
As a piece of expansive, fantasy animation, Tales from Earthsea is perfectly fine and provides plenty of action and some stunning visuals along the way, yet it never really hits the lofty standards set down by much of the studio’s other efforts, which is a massive shame.
#TBT to Gram's house in #whitehall#newyork
Nothing brings back memories like pictures of grams house. ❤ We shared a birthday.
The best place to travel to is Grandmas. .