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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 (voiced by Noah Cyrus) and her quest to become human.
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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:
A Nutshell Review: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Hayao Miyazaki drew most of the sea and wave imagery himself, experimenting with making it as expressionistic as possible. John Lasseter said that he had never seen water animated so beautifully before.See more »
Quotes:
Sosuke:Mom! Ponyo came back, and she's a little girl now!See more »
Movie Connections:
References My Neighbor Totoro (1988)See more »
Soundtrack:
Umi no okâsanSee more »

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70 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, 25 December 2008
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

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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