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Ponyo
     

Ponyo

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Noah Cyrus, Yuria Nara, Frankie Jonas

Cast: Hayao Miyazaki, Noah Cyrus, Yuria Nara, Frankie Jonas

 

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Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish -- she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when

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Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish -- she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human. Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up at Sosuke's doorstep, delighted to make herself at home with her new land-dwelling family. But having a magical fish princess walking around on dry land begins setting the mystical balance of the world off kilter, and even though the innocent love Ponyo feels for her dear friend is strong, it will take some help from the greatest powers in the ocean to make things right again.

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Hayao Miyazaki has an unmistakable vision when it comes to making movies. Unlike anything else in the realm of animated film -- including the fantastically innovative examples from Pixar -- his films are crazy, visceral, epic fairy tales about the burden of growing up and taking responsibility for your world. Some of his more complex works tackle even bigger themes, about humanity's ambivalence between beauty and destruction (especially in works like Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind). But Miyazaki has also shown an aptitude for telling a different kind of story: tales that manifest in sweet, delightful, nearly conflict-free fables centering on small children, and usually cinematically narrated with the purity of a child's perception. He's hinted at this in many of his past efforts, but he hasn't constructed an entire movie this way since 1988's My Neighbor Totoro. That is, until 2009's Ponyo. A new, very different take on the premise of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, Ponyo is about a precocious little fish named Brünnhilde, whose father just happens to be the flamboyant and sinewy king of the sea. Determined to reach the surface and explore new places, the aquatic princess makes a break for it, and happens to meet a five-year-old boy named Sosuke, who lives in a house overlooking the ocean in a tiny fishing village with his mother, Lisa, and his father, a fisherman who is often away. After rescuing his tiny friend from being stuck inside a discarded glass jar, Sosuke makes a strange, instant connection with the little goldfish, whom he names Ponyo. Ponyo's oddly human face soon shows that she loves her new best friend as well, but of course, her father cannot allow a magical princess fish to straddle the worlds of sea and land -- it upsets the mystical balance of the world, and begins to interfere with the tides and the moon. But the innocent love between Ponyo and Sosuke is too profound to restrain her, and she wills herself to transform into human form, first springing funny little feet that make her look like a chicken, and soon changing all the way into an adorable five-year-old girl, with hair the same red color that her iridescent scales used to be. A splendid, gentle adventure follows, as Ponyo's mother, a huge, ethereal sea goddess, weighs in on the issue to state that if the pure love of the two children is as strong as it seems, then Ponyo can be permanently granted a human form, thus restoring the earth's balance. The adorable children thenceforth engage in extremely brave, always cute antics, as they face the floods wrought by the sea storm that brought Ponyo to land in the first place. All along the way in this delightful fable, Miyazaki shows his incredible aptitude for understanding how children talk, move, and most importantly, think. That he's able to so deftly narrate in child-mind is so touching, it would almost be poignant -- if it weren't so resiliently uplifting and sweet. The movie also shows the usual Miyazaki brand of worldly divination. Everything in the story's environment shows the magical spark of life; even the ocean's waves are capable of opening a squinty eye to reveal their intent. For American audiences -- even those that aren't familiar with Miyazaki's style -- it's a movie with all the heart of Pixar's best and a giant dose of its own unique, rapturous charm, making it timeless enough for children and grown-ups alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
UPC:
0786936791754
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
1,937

Special Features

The world of Ghibli- visit Ponyo in this extraordinary interactive experience: Enter the Lands- meet the characters and hear the story of the movie, Behind the Studio- discover the film's inspiration through documentaries, including all-new interviews with Hayao Miyazaki; Meet Ponyo- introduction by the producers; Storyboard presentation of the movie

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Noah Cyrus Ponyo (English version)
Yuria Nara Ponyo
Frankie Jonas Sosuke (English version)
Hiroki Doi Sosuke
Tina Fey Lisa (English version)
Tomoko Yamaguchi Lisa
Matt Damon Koichi (English version)
Kazushige Nagashima Koichi
Cate Blanchett Gran Mamare (English version)
Yuki Amami Granmammare
Liam Neeson Fujimoto (English version)
George Tokoro Fujimoto
Lily Tomlin Toki (English version)
Betty White Yoshie (English version)
Cloris Leachman Noriko (English version)
Kurt Knutsson The Newscaster (English version)
Jenessa Rose Kumiko (English Version)

Technical Credits
Hayao Miyazaki Director,Screenwriter
Paul Cichocki Associate Producer
Joe Hisaishi Score Composer
Koji Hoshino Executive Producer
Jim Hubbert Translator
Shuji Inoue Sound/Sound Designer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Katsuya Kondo Animator
John Lasseter Executive Producer
Natalie Lyon Casting
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Melissa Mathison Screenwriter
Kevin Reher Associate Producer
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Toshio Suzuki Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ponyo (Feature)
1. Prelude / Ocean Wonderland
2. The Beginning / Main Title
3. Ponyo Gets Caught
4. Late For School
5. Ponyo Speaks!
6. Return to the Sea
7. Transformation
8. Ponyo's Typhoon
9. Almost Home
10. It's Ham!
11. The Moon's Gravity
12. Lady of the Sea
13. Water At Our Door
14. A Magical Ship
15. From Sea to Land
16. Where Is Mom?
17. Underwater Paradise
18. Sosuke's Test
19. Balance Restored
20. End Credits

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Ponyo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
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I am a huge Studio Gibli and Hayao Miyazaki fan and the overall story and characters were great, but I was some what disappointed with this film after watching Spirited Away it's a step back for the studio. It is loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the Little Mermaid. While the kids enjoyed, and simple enough for toddlers to enjoy, the adults in the house that enjoyed previous Gibli fils like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke were falling asleep. It just lacked in the detail, story building and excitement that the other films had. It was rather slow moving. As always this film does not disappoint to stimulate you with the art direction and the creativity of the creatures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set reality aside and submerge yourself in the artistry. Miyazaki takes animation to incredible places. The art is masterfully done, and viewing the "extras" just adds more to the experience and a greater admiration for Miyazaki's genius. The characters are creative and charming. Even what seem to be minor interactions are rich and warm. The bravery, industry, dedication, and energy exhibited in the young hero and heroine are impressive. For me there was some cross-cultural interference, especially when small children were left at home alone, but it's essential to the story. The story line and characters make it easy to take the leap and embrace the supernatural and fantastic, while the issue of environmental stewardship brings up possibilities for meaningful discussions in young and old alike. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone with an interest in fine animation, fantasy, storytelling, environmental issues -- anyone who simply wants to be well entertained!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN. THE ANIMATION IS SO SPECIAL, SO COLORFUL. SO CUTE. TOUCHING. HIGHLY SUGGEST.
katykawa More than 1 year ago
This is a must see for those who appreciate art and culture. Ponyo is an engaging story told from a child's point of view. It combines truths/legends/cultures/idyllic settings/imagination; it is whimsical yet is lovingly real. It comes with a bonus disc which demonstrates how this and other Miyazaki movies were made, how the American actors read their lines, how the music was written for the movie, etc. You will enjoy the lush, colorful, intriguing art and creatures--animation at its finest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A japanese version of "the liite mermaid" - very expertly done by Mayazaki. Great story, very original and fresh. A good story to watch for all ages with great animation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Miyazaki fan, and although this is probably aimed more for little kids, unlike some other movies of his, it would probably make my top five movies! It is just so enchanting and cute. I love all the characters and the story of a little boy falling in love with a fish! It is a must see for any Miyazaki fan, or anyone else as well!
DrIreland More than 1 year ago
Miyazaki does not disappoint in this heart-warming story about Ponyo, an underwater creation by a magical father and the mother nature of the sea. Ponyo is a story about families, friendship, and the gentle understanding of both the fragility of life and the resilience of the spirit. Miyazaki once again illustrates the sweetness and compassion that is often overlooked in the world.
NJouy More than 1 year ago
As usual, director Hayao Miyazaki brings stunning artwork to life in this cute film. From the outset, the backgrounds themselves could be taken as still-shots and hung in galleries as works of art. And that's just the beginning. The story is an original tale of friendship and love, spiced up with magic and unforgetable characters. The tenuous balance between humans and the sea--the give and take of pollution and wild weather--is food for thought for all ages. Witty, fun, and beautifully animated, Ponyo is a great movie for all ages. A stellar English-speaking cast brings the characters to life for those who don't speak Japanese or read subtitles. And for those who do, there's an option to watch the moive in Japanese, English, and French, with subtiles available for the last two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought the DVD of Ponyo. It is a slow movie. The kids were in to it. There is a huge storm which could be kind of scary if you were a kid. When we saw it at the movie theatre an older couple was with us, and it goes slow and at some parts is hard to understand, so they actually left during the movie. At the end I at first had to figure out if the characters were still alive or not. On the box of the movie it says it is inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen Story The Little Mermaid. I think that is very loosely based. If I was into anime I might enjoy it better. It's slower than most Disney cartoon movies. The plot to me was harder to understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dis moviee was by farr da best moviee i sawn in a whilee. likee it was so colorfull and awesome. i took the whole fam and the 7 kiddies luved it. PONYO U ROCK!!
ChandlerAZ-Family More than 1 year ago
For a "swimmingly good time" watch PONYO the latest children's animae film released this month. The story is about an adorable little princess goldfish that wishes to become human. She meets and becomes friends with a little boy. Soon she is in the position to save his father and his crewmates on a fishing vessel after they are caught in a storm. The film is funny and beautifully animated. The characters are quirky, heart-warming and realistic. My daughters loved the tiny fish! If you love the classic "Spirited Away", you will like this one, too! Our family was enthralled as we watched it during a recent Family Fun Night! Pick it up today, your family will love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ponyo is a wonderful movie that is based on the Hans-Christian Andersen short story of "The Little Mermaid". It is a great movie for all ages, and is one of Studio Ghibli's best.
ebowen More than 1 year ago
Ponyo is the latest film by the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. His films are known for unique stories and breathtaking artwork and this film is no exception.
Anjoel22 More than 1 year ago
Ponyo is more than just a modern take on Has Christen Andersen's "The Little Mermaid". It is, in itself an original and utterly charming voyage into the mind of children. It displays a child's ability to love without limits and the admirable penchant for uncensored honesty that many adults seem to lose with age. In typical Miyazaki fashion there is a warm, comforting ambiance that paints each cell of hand-drawn animation. The art is out of this world and viewers should be encouraged to watch the details carefully. Water is possibly the most difficult subject to animate and it is done here masterfully. The music by Joe Hisashi is, as always, the perfect compliment to the emotions in each scene. He is a master of his craft. In the end, even without the top-of-the-line elements that bring it together, the heart of this movie lies in the story and the important message it brings to children's ears: Love without limits. Sosuke loves Ponyo as she is; whether a fish, a human, or something in between. The world of today would do well to love as openly and honestly as he does.
Robert-Long More than 1 year ago
Ponyo is based on "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Anderson (I think I got that right). But it's WAY cooler and cuter! Forget Disney's version; this is Hayao Miyazaki's vision of how it should have been. The movie's hand-drawn animation may seem old-fashioned, but it looks as good in its way as anything Pixar's done. The title character, Ponyo, is the daughter of a sorcerer and a sea goddess. She looks line a large goldfish, much larger than her sisters. Being adventurous, she swims away from home (this line is actually used in the movie) and meets a human boy, Sosuke. She comes to love him and makes herself human. He loves her too and accepts her for all she is and in every form she has. Note that "love" isn't specifically defined in the story--whether it's romantic love, friendship love, sibling love or even owner-pet love. Or maybe all of the above. The movie also shows the problems and trials of parenthood. Sosuke's mother Lisa isn't the best of parents. I wouldn't want her driving my kid anywhere! I wouldn't even want her driving ME anywhere! Also, you DON'T leave 5-year-old kids alone in a major storm with super high tides! And Ponyo's father (a sea wizard) isn't any better. But I guess all dads have a hard time with their little girls (and boys) growing up and leaving home. This movie is best for younger children (3 to 7 years), but everyone will enjoy it a lot. Just don't expect a deep, grownup story. Expect a delightful little fantasy that everyone from 0 to 1000 can enjoy.
BowmanBN More than 1 year ago
This movie is excellent!! I would recommend it for anyone who loves Studio Ghibli or Hayao Miyazaki movies. Though it's more for children, it can be enjoyed for anyone of all ages. My 22 month old niece loved it. She danced with the music and watched the entire movie witout any problems. My friends and I watched it over and over again, and never got tired of it. In fact, all of us recommend any movie by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki because his movies are for the whole family, young or old. Each movie teaches you something new, keeps your attention, and surprises you at every turn. Ponyo teaches you to respect the ocean and all the creatures in it and to help keep it clean. I was also surprised to find out the Noah Cyrus, Miley Cyrus' little sister, and Frankie Jonas were playing the main characters, Ponyo and Sosuke. Many famous actors/actresses play in these movies, and that just makes them even better because you if love them, you'll love the movie they play in and the character(s) they play. In fact, Peter Boyle, the father from Everyone Loves Raymond, plays Muta from The Cat Returns.