Tuesday, July 13, 2010


"Gake no ue no Ponyo" - Japan (original title)

Starring the voices of Noah Cyrus,Frankie Jonas, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, and Tina Fey

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Release Date:

Japan-July 19, 2008

USA-August 14, 2009

Hayao Miyazaki goes to new lengths with his tenth film: the sea. Usually, Miyazaki shows off his affinity for the skies but in Ponyo his eye is to show the wonder and beauty that the oceans entail, such as in the film's opening sequence. Though not as detailed as Spirited Away or as action-packed as Porco Rosso, Ponyo is more of a whimsical fairy-tale about a little girl/fish who falls in love with a little boy named Sosuke and wants to be human. The film is also very playful, entertaining and heartwarming. This is a film that you'd take your kids to when you're tired of watching Aladdin for the 20th time. The A-list cast is great, particularly Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, and Tina Fey (Sorry, Matt Damon, but your involvement in the story isn't as felt as the others). Finally, i'd like to compliment the main characters and their young voice actors, Frankie Jonas as Sosuke and Noah Cyrus as Ponyo. Jonas gives Jonas a youthful exuberance, being a very responsible young man who loves his family and wants to protect his new friend Ponyo. Cyrus is just wonderful as Ponyo, giving the magical little girl an air of wonder and whimsy, that is cute and entertaining. A great animated film that has an environmental message but never forces its' message to the audience.

Rating: * * * * 1/2 of 5

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