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(2008)

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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.
The opening 12 seconds, involving vast schools of fish and undersea creatures, required 1613 pages of conceptual sketches to develop.
Hayao Miyazaki was very surprised by the lukewarm reaction of children to his film in test screenings.
This is the first animated feature film since Princess Mononoke (1997) to be created and painted on traditional animation cels.
There are many references to Richard Wagner's opera series 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' scattered throughout the film. Ponyo's real name is Brünnhilde, one of the leading roles of Wagner's 'Die Walküre.' Brünnhilde is also a "supernatural," being who falls in love with a human (Siegfried), much like Ponyo falls in love with Sôsuke. When Ponyo is chasing after Sôsuke and his mother during the giant storm scene, you can hear a musical tribute to Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."
The level of detail in the animation resulted in 170,000 separate images - the most that have ever appeared in a Hayao Miyazaki film.
Hayao Miyazaki stated at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con that he was inspired to create the film after watching Disney's animated adaptation The Little Mermaid (1989).
The seaside village where the story takes place is inspired by the town of Tomonoura in Setonaikai National Park in Japan where Hayao Miyazaki stayed in 2005.
Sôsuke is based on Hayao Miyazaki's son Gorô Miyazaki, when he was five years old.
In 2009, the film's US gross ($15 million) set a record for a Disney/Ghibli production. Only five other anime films have grossed more in the US: three of them being Pokémon films, the fourth Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (2004), and the fifth The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) (another Disney/Ghibli production).
Sôsuke's father works aboard a ship named the Koganei maru. Koganei is the town in Western Tokyo where Studio Ghibli is located.
The first Hayao Miyazaki film to be rated G by the MPAA since the release of Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) in 1998.
Melissa Matheson, the writer of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), revised the English translation for the American version.
Melissa Mathison wrote the English language script in just four days but also worked with the actors during the voiceover sessions to further refine the translations.
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.
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This was the first animated film to be nominated for and win the Best Film Score prize at the Japanese Academy Awards.
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Hayao Miyazaki was interested in doing a sequel to the film but producer Toshio Suzuki suggested Miyazaki adapt The Wind Rises (2013) instead.
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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.
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The design of the ocean waves during the typhoon caused by Ponyo were inspired by the waves in the famous woodblock print The Wave Off Kanagawa by Japanese artist Hokusai.
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In the beginning intro of the film, the music composer of the film, Joe Hisaishi's name is credited behind a pink ocean which is not given to any other names.
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Director Trademark 

Hayao Miyazaki: [mother] Toki, the bitter old lady in the rest home, is actually an affectionate homage to Miyazaki's mother (as was the mother in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)).

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The sequence in which Ponyo offers food to the baby was included to show that Ponyo could be selfless and live in the human world. Hayao Miyazaki developed the scene late in production, when he was stuck on how to end the film.

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