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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:
9 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Unsatisfying See more (135 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)
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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 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)
Osamu Masuyama .... background artist
Masako Nagata .... background artist
Youichi Nishikawa .... background artist
Kazuo Oga .... background artist
Shiho Sato .... background artist
Yohei Takamatsu .... background artist
Yukie Tamura .... assistant color designer
Atsuko Tanaka .... key animator
Youichi Watanabe .... background artist
Kazuko Yamada .... assistant color designer
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:
Sôsuke is based on Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki, when he was five years old.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the storm, when Sosuke, Ponyo and Lisa are preparing noodles, Lisa brings a plate to the table with ham on it after Sosuke and Ponyo have closed their eyes. In the next wide shot, the white plate has vanished.See more »
Quotes:
Fujimoto:Respect your father!See more »
Soundtrack:
Gake no ue no PonyoSee more »

FAQ

Is the American release dubbed or in Japanese with English subtitles?
In the movie, Ponyo is called Brunhilda by her father. What does that mean?
Where is Ponyo's hometown located?
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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Unsatisfying, 1 April 2010
Author: Atli Hafsteinsson from Iceland

I thought long and hard before giving the film this score, but there are simply too many things that make Ponyo not work for me. This latest animated movie from Miyazaki, who needs no introductions, had the intriguing premise of the sea. He spoke of the sea being a character in itself. I was intrigued to see the movie. I knew it had two children as the frontline, but being a fan of My Neighbour Totoro, I knew that Miyazaki has an unreal insight into the mindset of children.

The very first scene of Ponyo is breathtaking. Hundreds of fishes and jellyfish accompanied by breathtaking, oceanic music, finally zooming in on a man in a pinstriped suit, creating a bubble around his ship. We later find out that he is the father of one of the main characters, the fish girl Ponyo who wants to become human after befriending Sotsuke, a 5-year old boy living in a house by the sea. She is able to do this with a mixture of her father's magic (which she's inherited) and Sotsuke's blood (a drop of which she licked when he cut himself).

The problem with Ponyo is the vagueness of the story. There is practically no sense of conflict to the story at all. There is no substantial threat to the characters, and they have very little development. That the characters are so young shouldn't justify this, if we remember Mei in My Neighbour Totoro. Also, Ponyo's father is so at odds with practically everything in the movie's universe, it's hilarious and off-putting at the same time. Ponyo herself is, personally, creepy rather than cute (and her numerous little siblings are no different). I don't understand how nobody finds it peculiar that Ponyo, supposedly a goldfish, has a humanoid face (and Sotsuke shows her to quite a few people). It's even weirder when Lisa (Sotsuke's mother, whom he oddly always refers to by name), an intelligent woman, sees Ponyo eat a slice of ham in whole (as a goldfish) and isn't at all surprised about it. The only really developed character, and the warmest, is the loudest of the old women at the retirement home where Lisa works.

What Ponyo lacks in substance, it makes up for in visuals. The movie's highlight in my opinion is where Lisa and Sotsuke are driving down a road continually drenched in waves, on top of which Ponyo is running. These waves take on the form of giant fish. A wonderful piece of animation. The many underwater scenes are beautiful, with underwater creatures big and small swimming. Something about the overall production values of the visuals feel a bit unfocused, though. The morse code scene is then hilarious.

On the whole, however, Ponyo feels like a lot of elements that just don't work together. Sotsuke faces no real trials like other young Miyazaki protagonists have faced. None of the characters feel like they serve any real purpose other than to bring Sotsuke and Ponyo together. The film's subplot of Ponyo's magic causing a rift in the natural order and causing the moon to come closer (which explains the flood) is never sufficiently delivered to the audience.

I was simply expecting a better delivery from a master storyteller like Miyazaki. Ponyo may only really work for the smallest children, but that's excluding a large part of Miyazaki's fanbase. He's one of those filmmakers whom I respect for continually showing people that animated movies can be for people of all ages. Ponyo obviously aims at a lower age group, but I just hope that the children will be more drawn into Sotsuke and Ponyo's story than I was (there is so much courteous and/or cute dialogue that I felt downright embarrassed at points).

Decent, but definitely not the brightest spot in Miyazaki's repertoire.

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