Posted on 5/26/10 01:01 PM
In Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated anime feature, a little goldfish princess wants to become a human in this wonderfully animated but bizarre anime. It features an all-star cast such as Tina Fey as the mother of Sosuke, the main human character, and Liam Neeson as the father of Ponyo.
First off, let me just say that for all those who say this is a rip-off of The Little Mermaid, that this movie is simply a RETELLING of it. Miyazaki took the story from the little mermaid and simply re-told it using new characters and settings. Although for some reason, this movie reminds me of pokemon. I don't know if it's the bizarre characters and creatures, or if it's the animation and settings, but when I think of Ponyo, I just think of pokemon. Anyway, the animation is crisp and beautifully detailed as expected. Everything from the characters to the settings and locations are wonderfully colored and animated, giving it a very surreal look. The voice acting is spot-on, especially from Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas, who really bring out the emotions in their characters. Now obviously, since this movie is a retelling, the story is predictable and obvious. However, the way it is presented and done is very much new and heartfelt. Sure you've seen The Little Mermaid, and many movies like it, but definitely never like this one.
Yes, it's true that this is not one of Miyazaki's most well-done films, but it is good enough to be put among the ranks of good anime films and offers enough to satisfy moviegoers and anime-fans alike. The unoriginal story is more than made up for in dazzling animation and fine voice acting. Just don't expect to see the next oscar winner.
Final Word: A definite watch