For those in the States who missed it (which was easy), the Disney dub of "Tales From Earthsea" is now playing for "free" on Instant Netflix--
I'm still not sure why there's been so much venom
aimed at the movie, even from the Japanese: From all the Miyazaki Jr. Hatin', I'd gone in expecting ponderous poseur pain on Mononoke levels--And while it's aiming for "epic", it's been much less painful (and less humorless) for the first half I've sat through so far; like Randall's review, at worst rather familiarly meandering and inconsequential.
Of course, it also helps that I've never read Ursula LeGuin, and can't get into any meaningful discussion of whether Ghibli mangled the books:
I'd read Howl's Moving Castle, and knew how that book had been steamrollered, and I'd just watched "Arietty the Borrower" on digisub, and though a bit spartan, I didn't find much heretical of Mary Norton. (Although the attempt to turn the heroine into a grimly-determined Ghibli Girl did go against the whimsy of the original story a tad.)
But there's something about the very mention
of Earthsea that drives anime fans into a froth...Any help?