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Ponyo (2008)

Gake no ue no Ponyo (original title)
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A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomoko Yamaguchi ...
Risa (voice)
Kazushige Nagashima ...
Kôichi (voice)
Yûki Amami ...
Granmamare (voice)
George Tokoro ...
Fujimoto (voice)
Yuria Nara ...
Ponyo (voice)
Hiroki Doi ...
Sôsuke (voice)
Fujin (voice)
Akiko Yano ...
Ponyo no imôto-tachi (voice)
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
Toki (voice)
Tomoko Naraoka ...
Yoshie (voice)
Shin'ichi Hatori ...
The Newscaster (voice)
Tokie Hidari ...
Kayo (voice)
Eimi Hiraoka ...
Kumiko (voice)
Nozomi Ohashi ...
Karen (voice)
Akihiko Ishizumi ...


The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human. Written by The Massie Twins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible.


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Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ponyo  »


Box Office


$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 1,034,459,534 (Japan), 20 July 2008

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,585,852, 16 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(as Dolby Digital Surround EX)| (6.1 channels)| (English-language version)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first animated film to be nominated for and win the Best Film Score prize at the Japanese Academy Awards. See more »


Sosuke: Look at her. Isn't she pretty?
Kumiko: That's the most boring goldfish I've ever seen in my entire life!
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References The Little Mermaid (1989) See more »


Gake no ue no Ponyo
(Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea)
Lyrics by Katsuya Kondô & Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
Arranged by Joe Hisaishi
Japanese version performed by Takaaki Fujioka (as Fujioka) Naoya Fujimaki (as Fujimaki) & Nozomi Ohashi
English version performed by Noah Cyrus (as Noah Cyrus) & Frankie Jonas
Courtesy of Yamaha Music Communications
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Not your usual Ghibli fare but wonderful nonetheless
21 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is the latest Ghibli movie and it is also a MAJOR departure from the studio's established style. First of all, this film was obviously aimed at young children, much more so than any of their previous films. It lacks the depth of the other films and features a brand new far less realistic style of animation… and yet it is ever so entertaining. Even though there is nothing put in to attract adults, I still found myself drawn to the screen and fully immersed in the story. The movie's secret is brutal honesty with regard to the plot and the characters. The story and the characters are very upfront with their feelings/intentions etc. but that makes them all the more endearing. Special attention was also paid to the soundtrack which is absolutely amazing despite being way different from previous Ghibli soundtracks. I find myself singing the cute theme song all the time as will anyone who sees this movie!

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