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

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Ponyo -- The story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo and her quest to become human.
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Director:
Writer:
Hayao Miyazaki (written by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
14 August 2009 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible.
Plot:
An animated adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
12 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Master is on form and welcomes a new generation of Miyasaki followers See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Shiro Saito ... (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 ... (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
Koji Hoshino .... executive producer (as Kôji Hoshino)
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
 
Thanks
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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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
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)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Belgium:KT | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (all jurisdictions) | Denmark:7 | Germany:o.Al. | 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?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Sosuke:Ponyo, make the candle bigger!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Umi no okâsanSee more »

FAQ

Where is Ponyo's hometown located?
In the movie, Ponyo is called Brunhilda by her father. What does that mean?
Is "Ponyo" based on a book?
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44 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Master is on form and welcomes a new generation of Miyasaki followers, 24 January 2009
Author: mstaboo from UK

Quite simply, i was tickled pink watching this in the movie theatre and grinned from ear to ear; eyes wide open whilst trying to take all the details in that are at the same time insanely simple, fresh, yet incredibly sophisticated, breathtaking and in imaginative.

In terms of audience age range, it is probably pre Totoro. The plot works because of the pure heart of 5 years olds who are focused in what they want and conscientious in their pursuit. They lives in a world that is unspoilt by cynicism and cultural learning of how everything is 'suppose' to work. While most critics might disregard this film due to the lack of a 'message' or 'plot' film (Although it is in there somewhere), it is precisely for this reason the film should be cherished. Too often our judgement are impeded by our own limitations of cinematic and cultural standing. Like most of Miyasaki's film, each is totally unique but undeniably Miyasaki. Ponyo may at times feel so unique and fresh, it may feel alien like.

The viewing experience provide a wonderful change from all the generic children's products that are generally commercialised to please the adult demographics (ie/ Animals that talks like their human counterparts, Eddie Murphy in Shrek.) It is perhaps comforting to know that good old fashioned hand drawn cells still work so incredibly well in this digital era where Toystory/WallE/Shrek/Cars generally triumph. It therefore feeling rather nostalgic at the same time makes the film feels timeless, a bit like how Totoro and Jungle Book hasn't really aged.

The subtleties of each character's expression and body language is captured in such nuanced interpretation that digital films like Wall-e can never compete on, or if it does, it would be a very expensive process. It would be a big pity for Wall-E to win over this one at the Oscars, and it probably will this year. Yet it might be quite unfair to compare the 2 mediums, as it is really the craftsmanship and the story telling that wins at the end of the day. For this, Miyasaki is a true master of

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