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Ponyo (2008)
"Gake no ue no Ponyo" (original title)

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An animated adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomoko Yamaguchi ...
Risa (voice)
Kazushige Nagashima ...
Kôichi (voice)
Yûki Amami ...
Granmamare (voice)
Jôji Tokoro ...
Fujimoto (voice) (as George Tokoro)
Yuria Nara ...
Ponyo (voice)
Hiroki Doi ...
Sôsuke (voice)
Rumi Hiiragi ...
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 Ôhashi ...
Karen (voice)
Akihiko Ishizumi ...
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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

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sea goddess | ocean | moon | magic | love | See more »

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Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible.


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14 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 3,400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,585,852 (USA) (14 August 2009)

Gross:

$15,081,783 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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Trivia

Hayao Miyazaki stated at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con that he was inspired to create the film after watching Disney's animated adaptation The Little Mermaid (1989). See more »

Goofs

During the storm, when Sosuke, Ponyo and Lisa are preparing noodles, Lisa brings a plate to the table with ham on it after Sosuke and Ponyo have closed their eyes. In the next wide shot, the white plate has vanished. See more »

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Ponyo: Ponyo loves Sosuke!
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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 Ôhashi
English version performed by Noah Lindsey Cyrus (as Noah Cyrus) & Frankie Jonas
Courtesy of Yamaha Music Communications
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A Nutshell Review: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
25 December 2008 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Hayao Miyazaki's magic continues with this absolute crowd pleaser Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, his latest animated film, which turns on the usual sweetness to charm your socks off. I thought that the trailer featured its song which was quietly hypnotic, and I didn't have to wait for an invite to make sure I got my ticket for the sneak preview of the movie, scheduled to open here next week.

For fans of Studio Ghibli films, you'll probably know what you're in for, as Miyazaki has yet another winner in his filmography, that will win new fans over. I'm embarrassed to say the least that I've so far watched only My Neighbour Totoro (eyes that pile of Ghibli DVDs) and love it to bits, but I guess this would serve as a final push for me not to continue missing what would likely be animated films that I would enjoy.

Ponyo (voiced by Nara Yuria) is a magic goldfish that yearns to know what is life beyond the sea, with her constant forays in a bubble to the surface of the water to sneak a peek. Nonetheless these ambitions do not bode well with her humanoid dad Fujimoto (Tokoro Joji), who harbours some hatred toward the human race for pollution, and briefly touching a subplot on environmental protection / revenge by Mother Nature as well. An accident one day sees Ponyo being washed ashore, and picked up by five year old boy Sosuke (Doi Hiroki) who lives on a house on the said cliff with his mother Lisa (Yamaguchi Tomoko), while dad Koichi (Nagashima Kazushige) is mostly out to sea since he's a sailor. And you can expect some moments of throwback to the likes of The Little Mermaid, or Splash made for kids. Saying anything more would be to spoil the fun.

The artwork here is still simply astounding even though it's in 2D glory, knowing that each cell is painstakingly worked on. There are so many things going on at the same time within the same frame, that you'll probably be game for repeated viewings just to spot them all. This definitely beats any 3D or CG animated production any day given its beauty coming from its simplicity, and not only from the artwork department, but on its story too, despite complaints coming in that it took a leaf from the Hans Christian Andersen classic. While there are avenues to make this film extremely dark, it only suggested certain dark themes, but opted instead for a film with more positive emotions, suitable for both kids and adults alike.

At its core, its about love, that between the family members of Koichi, Lisa and Sosuke, and especially between mother and son. More so, it's about the love between the boy and his new pet fish which he christened Ponyo, and I tell you Ponyo herself has enough cuteness in her to beat the likes of Bolt, WallE and Eve all hands down. Characterization here is top notch, and it's hard not to fall in love with Ponyo, in whichever form adopted, especially when she's such a playful being who doesn't hide her emotions - if she's upset with you, either she turns away or you could expect a jet stream come spewing from her mouth into your face!

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is a definite shoo-in to my top films of this year without hesitation. And the next time I go to Tokyo, I'm sure as hell going to make my way to the Ghibli Museum to bask under the magical world brought to us by Hayao Miyazaki. Highly recommended film, so don't you go missing this on the big screen!


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