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Ponyo (2008)

Gake no ue no Ponyo (original title)
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A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writer:

Hayao Miyazaki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomoko Yamaguchi Tomoko Yamaguchi ... Risa (voice)
Kazushige Nagashima Kazushige Nagashima ... Kôichi (voice)
Yûki Amami ... Granmamare (voice)
George Tokoro George Tokoro ... Fujimoto (voice)
Yuria Nara Yuria Nara ... Ponyo (voice)
Hiroki Doi Hiroki Doi ... Sôsuke (voice)
Rumi Hiiragi ... Fujin (voice)
Akiko Yano Akiko Yano ... Ponyo no imôto-tachi (voice)
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Toki (voice)
Tomoko Naraoka Tomoko Naraoka ... Yoshie (voice)
Shin'ichi Hatori Shin'ichi Hatori ... The Newscaster (voice)
Tokie Hidari Tokie Hidari ... Kayo (voice)
Eimi Hiraoka Eimi Hiraoka ... Kumiko (voice)
Nozomi Ohashi Nozomi Ohashi ... Karen (voice)
Akihiko Ishizumi Akihiko Ishizumi ... (voice)
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Storyline

The son of a sailor, 5-year-old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human. Written by The Massie Twins

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Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible.


Certificate:

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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

In the English dubbed version, when Ponyo and Sosuke come across the Devonian-era fish while riding in the toy boat, Ponyo incorrectly calls one of them a Bothriocephalus. The correct name for that specific fish is Bothriolepis. Bothriocephalus is actually the name of a genus of tapeworm. See more »

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Ponyo: Ponyo wants ham!
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Alternate Versions

The English dubbed version adds the Walt Disney Pictures logo to the start and end of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: The Purge (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Umi no okâsan
(Mother Sea)
Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
Performed by Masako Hayashi
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Miyazaki's best after Totoro
26 March 2009 | by lordyupa2004See all my reviews

Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli shows his wonderful touch animating, infusing life, in every little action of the characters in Ponyo. When Sosuke puts down so carefully his little boat to reach for the red fish you know that you'll have a very good time watching this movie.

The characters are interesting and you really care for them. They recall visually other stories, Riisa seems a grown up Nausicaa with a son, an old lady in wheelchair remembers the witch in Howl's Moving Castle.

The presence of the elements, wind, rain, and the sea with its great, powerful waves, is so strong that I think it has never been evoked in such a way in any other movie. It is a simple story, loosely inspired by "the little mermaid", and it reach for the very heart of the audience, just like Totoro, the other Miyazaki's true masterpiece.

An instant classic, with a great soundtrack and a catchy song during the ending credits. Don't miss it.


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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,585,852, 16 August 2009

Gross USA:

$15,743,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$204,826,668
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX (as Dolby Digital Surround EX)| DTS-ES (6.1 channels)| Dolby Digital (English-language version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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