PG | | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
This movie was initially released in the United States and Europe as "Warriors of the Wind" by New World Pictures. However, the company had substantially modified this movie to more closely resemble a traditional action-adventure. Nearly twenty-five minutes of footage containing vital exposition was cut, and some dialogue was purposely mistranslated to alter or simplify certain story elements. Many of the character names were changed (for example, Nausicaä became Zandra), and the voice actors and actresses were not given the script for context. To make matters even worse, promotional images prominently depicted characters and creatures that weren't even in the movie, whereas the female protagonist was placed in the background. Not surprisingly, Writer and Director Hayao Miyazaki and his Ghibli studio openly despised these changes. When the rights to the movie expired in 1995, they negotiated a new deal with the Walt Disney Company. This led to a re-release in 2005 of the uncut version with a completely new dub that was a more faithful translation of the original script. Miyazaki has since urged viewers to forget the old version, and "dismiss it from their minds".
It's so beautiful. It's hard to believe these spores could kill me.
During the climactic battle scene, the design of Ohbaba's headband changes several times. It sometimes has gold beads instead of gold-circled turquoise beads on the end-pieces, and alternately terminates with a single or a double line of cord.
As the credits roll we see life returning to normal in the valley: Kushana, Kurotowa and the Tolmekian fleet leave peacefully, after Nausicaä has unheard words for Kushana. The denizens of the Valley of the Wind replant trees in the burned-down forest. Lord Yupa and Asbel ride Yupa's beasts to the Toxic Jungle and explore it. When the text "The End" appears on screen we see Nausicaa's discarded helmet in the forest, alongside a green, non-Toxic Jungle sapling.
In the original Japanese version of the film, a World Wildlife logo praising the film is displayed at the beginning. For the US release from Disney, this logo was replaced with a typical Studio Ghibli logo.
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