Ponyo

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While not Miyazaki's best film, Ponyo is a visually stunning fairy tale that's a sweetly poetic treat for children of all ages.

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During a forbidden excursion to see the surface world, a goldfish princess encounters a human boy named Sosuke, who gives her the name Ponyo. Ponyo longs to become human, and as her friendship with Sosuke grows, she becomes more humanlike. Ponyo's father brings her back to their ocean kingdom, but so strong is Ponyo's wish to live on the surface that she breaks free, and in the process, spills a collection of magical elixirs that endanger Sosuke's village.

Cast & Crew

Cate Blanchett
Gran Mamare
Voice
Matt Damon
Koichi
Voice
Liam Neeson
Fujimoto
Voice
Tina Fey
Lisa
Voice
Noah Cyrus
Ponyo
Voice
Frankie Jonas
Sosuke
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Cloris Leachman
Noriko
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Lily Tomlin
Toki
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Betty White
Yoshie
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Kurt Knutsson
The Newscaster
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John Lasseter
Director, English Version
Brad Lewis
Director, English Version
Peter Sohn
Director, English Version
Kathleen Kennedy
Producer, English Version
Frank Marshall
Producer, English Version
Steve Alpert
Producer, English Version
John Lasseter
Executive Producer, English Version
Hayao Miyazaki
Executive Producer, English Version
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All Critics (170) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (155) | Rotten (15)

  • Even when the film feels murky, Miyazaki's painterly eye keeps things afloat

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • We're drawn under the waves of the sea to a hidden enclave of neon-hued aqualife more vibrant, surreal and enchanting than any of the floating 3D whatsits in 'Avatar'.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • As usual, Miyazaki treads a thin line between intuitive, unshackled fantasy and simply seeming to makes things up as he goes along, but there is never a dull moment in the film's imagery.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An arresting work from an unmistakable film-making personality.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A simple tale, less freighted by foreboding than Miyazaki's recent output. In any case, storytelling is less important to him than mood or texture. His films are dream waltzes, all liquid motion and mysterious turbulences.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Absurdly delightful, a prestidigitation of line and colour.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ponyo

  • Feb 14, 2016
    Probably my least favorite of Miyazaki's films, mostly because this is just so damn weird. The story is badly explained, and the animation is uncharacteristically shitty at times (at least compared to Miyazaki's work in general, which is usually of the highest quality). The characters look like they're made of fucking Jello half the time. What really annoys me is despite how crazy, unusual, and magical all of the events of the movie are, no one seems to even give a shit. There are waves like 200 feet tall, ancient fish swimming everywhere, and a fish who turns into a girl, and no one even cares! Why does no one give a shit in this film about anything?! That's what really bothers me here, along with all of the other issues that plague this film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2012
    Ponyo does run a bit too long and treads into a million different directions at the same time, but it is a lush fairy tale filled with imagination and ingenuity. The entire affair seems to have been written and animated from the perspective of a child, with actions exaggerated, larger than life situations and fanciful images around every corner. The story lacks complete explanations of some points for audiences-maybe there is a problem in the American culture-but really, no bother. Ponyo can be both nightmarish and graceful, gorgeous to look at and perplexing all at the same time. It's about friendship which transcends looks, abilities, flaws or family.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2012
    For American animated movies, the forefront of this genre is obviously Pixar. The studio manages to attract children and adults with its great storytelling, gorgeous and fluid animation, and memorable characters... Hayao Miyazaki is arguably on the same caliber as Pixar. If "Ponyo" were a well of imagination, it would be shooting up water all over the place. It's overflowing with very diverse, strange, and unique imaginative settings, effects, and characters. See, the thing about Pixar is how they take stories that have occurred to adults and place them upon cute animals, children, or children-friendly protagonists. The journey these characters take are tweaked to appeal to children but "Ponyo"... wow, everything is created from the imaginative vision and mind of a child. There's creepy imagery and strange concepts going on, but "Ponyo" is entertaining throughout. The transition from the Japanese voice actors to the American? Almost flawless. Great move to get professional A-list actors to substitute for the original voice actors -- I wouldn't even know if the Japanese version or American is better. The only problem I had with this movie is that though it is visually spectacular, it could've been MORE entertaining but other then that, "Ponyo" is one of those animated movies that any child and adult will willingly invest their attention to.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2011
    Sosuke: Mom! Ponyo came back, and she's a little girl now! "Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible." Ponyo, simply put, is one of the best animated films I have seen. It's a beautiful and overall delightful movie that is just a joy to watch. It kind of makes you feel like your five years old again. It sucks you in and you can't take your eyes off it. It is like watching another, better world. The film does what a lot of animated movies don't, in that it is as engrossing plot wise as it is visually. And that's saying a lot because visually this is a masterpiece. The story starts with a five year old boy, Sosuke, finding a gold fish in the ocean. He names it Ponyo and spends the say with it only to lose it at sea and that's when the real magic starts. The American version has a superb voice cast including Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Matt Damon and Tina Fey. The film has enormous heart which is shown through the love of Sosuke and Ponyo. It isn't as confusing as I had expected, but it does have some elements of, "So what is going on?" I would expect kids to be infatuated with this movie though, purely because of the spectacle. Little kids don't need to understand every little detail of the plot, they just need something beautiful to look at and this is it. For adults, it has a lot of substance and makes for an extremely enjoyable hundred minutes. Family films don't come much better than this.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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