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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 ...
(voice)
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Storyline

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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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

The opening 12 seconds, involving vast schools of fish and undersea creatures, required 1613 pages of conceptual sketches to develop. See more »

Quotes

Sosuke: Mom! Ponyo came back, and she's a little girl now!
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Soundtracks

Umi no okâsan
(Mother Sea)
Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
Performed by Masako Hayashi
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Miyazaki's best after Totoro
26 March 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli shows his wonderful touch animating, infusing life, in every little action of the characters in Ponyo. When Sosuke puts down so carefully his little boat to reach for the red fish you know that you'll have a very good time watching this movie.

The characters are interesting and you really care for them. They recall visually other stories, Riisa seems a grown up Nausicaa with a son, an old lady in wheelchair remembers the witch in Howl's Moving Castle.

The presence of the elements, wind, rain, and the sea with its great, powerful waves, is so strong that I think it has never been evoked in such a way in any other movie. It is a simple story, loosely inspired by "the little mermaid", and it reach for the very heart of the audience, just like Totoro, the other Miyazaki's true masterpiece.

An instant classic, with a great soundtrack and a catchy song during the ending credits. Don't miss it.


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