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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)
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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:
Another Classic Miyazaki 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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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)

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Trivia:
Until The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), this received the widest release for a Studio Ghibli film in the US when it opened in 927 theaters. Spirited Away (2001) opened in 26 theaters, Howl's Moving Castle (2004) 36 and Princess Mononoke (1997) 38.See more »
Quotes:
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:
Soundtrack:
Umi no okâsanSee more »

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In the movie, Ponyo is called Brunhilda by her father. What does that mean?
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95 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Another Classic Miyazaki, 19 July 2008
Author: dballred from Oklahoma City

Whenever Hayao Miyazaki does the "tri-fecta," (writes, directs, and animates a movie) he makes a classic film for the ages. He has done it again with Gake no ue no Ponyo.

The story is about a girl fish who is kept on a very tight leash along with her younger sisters by her father, a bitter ex-human wizard named Fujimoto. The fish escapes from her father and rides a jellyfish to shore, where she is caught up in a dredging operation and finds herself stuck in a bottle. This underwater sequence must be one of the most elaborately drawn animated scenes ever undertaken and stands on its own as a reason to search out the theatrical release. Miyazaki, who shows no fear of having a busy scene, has outdone himself. There were literally hundreds of individually-drawn sea creatures of every imaginable size all in motion at the same time.

When the fish escapes the dredging operation while still trapped in the bottle, a five-year old boy named Sousuke spots her in the water and is able to break the bottle, saving her. Since she is the result of her father's magic, she is capable of magic herself--and her father actively tries to retrieve her. The boy names the fish Ponyo. Just when Sousuke learns that Ponyo can speak, her father successfully retrieves her back into captivity.

After a war of wills with her father, Ponyo manages to escape again with the ability to change herself into a human. She meets up again with Sousuke in a storm and the story continues from there in many interesting ways. There is a cuteness factor in this film rivaling and arguably surpassing that of Tonari no Totoro. Joe Hisaishi, once again, provided outstanding musical support.

The story itself is simple--as are Miyazaki's films in general--and should appeal to a broad spectrum of viewers. While I haven't viewed it enough to be sure, the film doesn't seem to be one which will keep scholars in long discussions as Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi did. Nonetheless, this is the ultimate feel-good entertainment movie. I gave the movie a ten out of ten rating.

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