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Ponyo (2008) More at IMDbPro »Gake no ue no Ponyo (original title)

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Release Date:
14 August 2009 (USA) See more »
Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible.
An adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Miyazaki's best after Totoro See more (141 total) »


  (in credits order)
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)
Eiko Kanazawa ... (voice)
Tomie Kataoka ... (voice)
Shirô Saitô ... (voice)
Mutsumi Sasaki ... (voice)
Akiko Takeguchi ... Noriko (voice)
Yusuke Tezuka ... (voice)
Keiko Tsukamoto ... (voice)
Ikuko Yamamoto ... (voice)
Michiko Yamamoto ... (voice)
Yoshie Yamamoto ... (voice)

Cate Blanchett ... Granmamare (voice: English version)

Noah Lindsey Cyrus ... Ponyo (voice: English version) (as Noah Cyrus)

Matt Damon ... Kôichi (voice: English version)

Tina Fey ... Lisa (voice: English version)

Frankie Jonas ... Sôsuke (voice: English version)
Kurt Knutsson ... The Newscaster (voice: English Version)

Cloris Leachman ... Kayo (voice: English version)

Liam Neeson ... Fujimoto (voice: English version)

Jennessa Rose ... Kumiko (voice: English Version)

Lily Tomlin ... Toki (voice: English version)

Betty White ... Yoshie (voice: English version)

Carlos Alazraqui ... (voice: English version)

Bob Bergen ... (voice: English version)

Johanna Braddy ... (voice: English version)
Marsha Clark ... Noriko (voice: English version)

John Cygan ... (voice: English version)
Jennifer Darling ... (voice: English version)

Madison Davenport ... (voice: English version)

Courtnee Draper ... (voice: English version)

Crispin Freeman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Jess Harnell ... (voice: English version)
Ella Dale Lewis ... (voice: English version)

Sherry Lynn ... (voice: English version)
Danny Mann ... (voice: English version)
Mona Marshall ... (voice: English version)
Mickie McGowan ... (voice: English version)

Laraine Newman ... (voice: English version)

Colleen O'Shaughnessey ... Karen (voice: English version)
Jan Rabson ... (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katelin C. Holloway ... Old Woman on Boat (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
Writing credits
Hayao Miyazaki (written by)

Produced by
Steve Alpert .... producer (english version)
Naoya Fujimaki .... co-executive producer
Ryoichi Fukuyama .... co-executive producer
Kôji Hoshino .... executive producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... producer (english version)
John Lasseter .... executive producer (english version)
Frank Marshall .... producer (english version)
Hayao Miyazaki .... executive producer
Seiji Okuda .... co-executive producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi  (as Jô Hisaishi)
Cinematography by
Atsushi Okui (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hayao Miyazaki 
Takeshi Seyama 
Art Direction by
Noboru Yoshida 
Sound Department
Koji Kasamatsu .... sound effects (as Kôji Kasamatsu)
Eriko Kimura .... recording director
Michael Semanick .... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Tony Sereno .... mix technician: Skywalker Sound
Michael Silvers .... adr supervisor: Skywalker Sound
Mika Yamaguchi .... foley artist
Animation Department
Kaichi Fukudome .... background artist
Sayaka Hirahara .... background artist
Takeshi Honda .... key animator
Takeshi Imamura .... assistant animation director
Ryôko Ina .... background artist (as Ryouko Ina)
Megumi Kagawa .... assistant animation director (as Ai Kagawa)
Katsuya Kondô .... animation director
Akane Kumakura .... assistant color designer
Kitarô Kôsaka .... assistant animation director (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Toshihiko Masuda .... key animator
Osamu Masuyama .... background artist
Masako Nagata .... background artist
Youichi Nishikawa .... background artist
Kazuo Oga .... background artist
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Shiho Sato .... background artist
Yohei Takamatsu .... background artist
Nobuyuki Takeuchi .... key animator
Yukie Tamura .... assistant color designer
Atsuko Tanaka .... key animator
Youichi Watanabe .... background artist
Kazuko Yamada .... assistant color designer
Ken'ichi Yamada .... key animator
Akihiko Yamashita .... assistant animation director
Kikuyo Yano .... background artist
Michiyo Yasuda .... chief color designer
Hiromasa Yonebayashi .... key animator
Mitsuo Yoshino .... background artist
Casting Department
Natalie Lyon .... casting
Editorial Department
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Naoya Fujimaki .... musician (as FujiokaFujimaki)
Takaaki Fujioka .... musician (as FujiokaFujimaki)
Masako Hayashi .... musician: soprano
Joe Hisaishi .... orchestrator
Other crew
Melissa Mathison .... storyline consultant: English dubbed version
Evan Golden .... thanks
Katelin C. Holloway .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gake no ue no Ponyo" - Japan (original title)
"Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" - Hong Kong (English title) (imdb display title), Japan (English title) (imdb display title), Singapore (English title) (imdb display title)
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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital EX (as Dolby Digital Surround EX) | DTS-ES (6.1 channels) | Dolby Digital (English-language version)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Belgium:KT | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (all jurisdictions) | Chile:TE | Denmark:7 | Germany:0 | Hong Kong:I | Ireland:G | Malaysia:U | Mexico:A | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:G | Portugal:M/4 (dubbed version) | Portugal:M/6 (subtitled version) | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:0 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:GP | UK:U | USA:G (certificate #45429)

Did You Know?

Sôsuke is a reference to the works of famous Japanese novelist 'Sôseki Natsume' (1867-1916). In 'The Gate,' central male character Sôsuke lives in a house that stands on a hill, Gake no ue.See more »
Lisa:So what's your Mother like, then?
Ponyo:She's big and beautiful, but she can be very scary!
Sosuke:Just like my Mom.
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Movie Connections:
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Is the American release dubbed or in Japanese with English subtitles?
Where is Ponyo's hometown located?
In the movie, Ponyo is called Brunhilda by her father. What does that mean?
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37 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Miyazaki's best after Totoro, 26 March 2009
Author: lordyupa2004 from Italy

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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