Posted on 7/15/10 03:28 PM
There are very few films that I wish were longer. Ponyo is one of those films.
I enjoyed the world that Miyazaki created around his characters almost as much as the film and the characters themelves. Miyazaki - and by extension, his studio - are the absolute masters of both the small, fine details and the broader strokes that define a world. The world that surrounds Ponyo is rich and wonderful and alive, as the environments in every Studio Ghibli film are.
All in all, this is a great movie for kids and adults alike. I know that phrase has become a cliche, but this is one of those movies that transcends the animated format and becomes a simple classic in the way the old Disney films are simple classics.