Hayao Miyazaki (2008)

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With Ponyo, acclaimed Japanese writer/director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro) has crafted another delightful animated fantasy - this time the tale of a little fish who dreams of becoming a human girl. The simple story (inspired by The Little Mermaid) concerns a young boy called Sosuke who lives in a small coastal town. One morning he discovers a pretty goldfish he names Ponyo. But Ponyo is no ordinary fish, and her love for Sosuke sets in motion events that threaten to disrupt the very balance of nature. Miyazaki's trademark flights of fancy are here - with psychedelic seascapes and amazing underwater creatures - and the animation is beautifully vivid. But the visuals are matched by the eco-minded story, believable characters and unhurried unfolding of the magical events. The fact that the human characters accept the most extraordinary occurrences in a matter-of-fact fashion is especially charming. The English voice cast, which includes Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon, is outstanding, particularly Liam Neeson as Ponyo's father - a human who has turned his back on mankind in order to live under the sea. This is a million miles away from the garish and crude cartoons that American studios often churn out, and serves as a reminder that animated films can be imaginative, enchanting and exciting while still telling a sweet, good-hearted story.


A fish falls in love with a boy, so uses magic to turn herself into a human girl. However, her meddling with sorcery throws the balance of the natural world into upheaval, and the two children race against time to undo the damage while finding a way to let her remain in her new form. Hayao Miyazaki's animated fantasy, with the voices of Noah Lindsey Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Cate Blanchett and Liam Neeson.

Cast & Crew

Ponyo Noah Lindsey Cyrus
Gran Mamare Cate Blanchett
Koichi Matt Damon
Lisa Tina Fey
Sosuke Frankie Jonas
Noriko Cloris Leachman
Fujimoto Liam Neeson
Director Hayao Miyazaki
Director John Lasseter
Director Brad Lewis
Director Peter Sohn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Feb 2010
Drama Children's