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Director: Hayao Miyazaki,

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


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.

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Walt Disney Video
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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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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
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
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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'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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ponyo is a cute, endearing movie for children about a little goldfish who falls in love with a little human boy and consequently wants to become human so that she can be close to him. For those looking for a retelling of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" this movie is not for you - this is not a romance, but instead is a story about the strong bond of friendship between two small children. My children (3 and 4) really enjoy the movie and have already begun to memorize the catchy pre and post film tunes. This movie would make a good addition to your children's video library.
CathyE21 More than 1 year ago
Hayao Miyazaki has given us an entertaining and well written version of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale of a young mermaid who falls in love with a boy who lives on the land. My grand daughters love this story from Disney's version with Ariel and thoroughly enjoy seeing it from a slightly different - and younger! - perspective. Adults will enjoy the story, as well - especially if watching with someone younger. If you have not seen Miyazaki's work before, this is an excellent first experience; if you love Miyazaki's other work, this will be a welcome addition to your collection.
Eiri More than 1 year ago
Once more Miyazaki-sensei drew me into his story. The first time was with Spirited Away (also another good work). Ponyo is about a human-face fish who gets rescued (or kidnapped, in her father's opinion) by a human boy Sosuke. In this film, Miyazaki-sensei shows us what is happening to the oceans because of our carelessness to take care of the earth and shows us that pollution and global warming are very much real issues we NEED to fix before it gets too uncontrollable. Drifting down a bit, Ponyo gets re-captured by her father (once a human, he's disgusted with all the littering they are creating on the surface) and he proceeds to tell her about how the humans are polluting everything and she's much safer in the ocean than on the surface. She doesn't take well to that statement and once her father leaves her sisters help her get back out. Back on the surface, she uses her magic to become a human--it takes a little bit, and overexertion causes her to become part fowl, but she manages. After meeting with Ponyo's mother, her father agrees to test Sosuke--only then will he let Ponyo stay on the surface. The rest you'll have to find out by watching, but it does end happily. Parents might be offended by the way that Lisa, Sosuke's mom, acts when her husband doesn't come home when he promised her, but remember as a fisherman he's away from the house frequently---you can't expect her to be cheerful about him staying away for long periods of time and breaking promises he makes.