PonyoDirector: Hayao Miyazaki
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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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Cast & Crew
|Noah Cyrus||Ponyo (English version)|
|Frankie Jonas||Sosuke (English version)|
|Tina Fey||Lisa (English version)|
|Matt Damon||Koichi (English version)|
|Cate Blanchett||Gran Mamare (English version)|
|Liam Neeson||Fujimoto (English version)|
|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)|
|Paul Cichocki||Associate Producer|
|Joe Hisaishi||Score Composer|
|Koji Hoshino||Executive Producer|
|Shuji Inoue||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Kathleen Kennedy||Executive Producer|
|John Lasseter||Executive Producer|
|Frank Marshall||Executive Producer|
|Kevin Reher||Associate Producer|
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
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
Disc Introduction - Meet Ponyo
English For the Hearing Impaired
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Toy Story/Toy Story 2
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Friends For Change: Project Green
Toy Story 3
Disney Movie Rewards
Disney Blu-ray, Magic in High-Def
Beauty and The Beast
The World Of Ghibli
Disc #2 -- Ponyo (Bonus)
Original Japanese Storyboards
The World Of Ghibli
Behind the Studio
A Conversation With Hayao Miyazaki & John Lasseter
Ponyo & Fujimoto
Producer's Perspective: Telling the Story
The Locations of Ponyo
Original Japanese Trailers
Behind the Microphone: The Voices Of Ponyo
My Neighbor Totoro: Creating My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki's Delivery Service: Creating Kiki's Delivery Service
Castle In the Sky: Character Sketches
Enter the Islands
English For the Hearing Impaired
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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.
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!
GREAT FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN. THE ANIMATION IS SO SPECIAL, SO COLORFUL. SO CUTE. TOUCHING. HIGHLY SUGGEST.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.