Ponyo Reviews

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January 18, 2020
Ponyo gets it. There are other, different worlds than this, but they don't have what we have.
January 17, 2020
The environments on display are even richer than those shown in "Nausicaä", yet that movie has a much tighter structure. In the end it just doesn't matter.
February 6, 2019
It is a stunning and joyful experience that I highly recommend for families to watch together.
August 20, 2018
The score by Joe Hisaishi perfectly captures the essence of what's going on throughout the entire film... It evokes emotion and helps add so much to the film to connect you to it.
December 13, 2017
Inspired very loosely by Hans Christian Andersen's original The Little Mermaid, Ponyo is an exceedingly charming modern fairy tale.
April 21, 2014
Not as profound as Miyazaki's other works, but the fact that an animated children's film actually has the brains to go for larger, resonant themes is worth congratulation.
May 6, 2013
Miyazaki's ode to motherhood; the sea is the greatest nurturer of all. The underwater sequences are some of Ghibli's most luminous, complex reflections of nature's teeming beauty.
July 22, 2012
The fantasy elements are so seamlessly blended with real elements. There is very little disbelief by the characters, and you want to believe yourself by the end.
February 17, 2012
Apart from the ecofriendly message, we have, as always, Miyazaki's magnificently inventive animation, which is almost enough to carry the day.
July 14, 2011
There's still plenty of gorgeous eye-candy to keep adults going if they've taken their kids along for some unthreatening entertainment.
April 4, 2011
Let's say you have a five-year-old child who's not all caught up in the details of boring, mundane reality. Here's that kid's new favorite movie.
July 6, 2010
A sweet love story about a boy and his fish, Ponyo is a weird yet wonderful children's fantasy, and marks another milestone in the career of Hayao Miyazaki.
July 6, 2010
A charming hand-drawn Japanese spin on Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid.
July 6, 2010
Even when the film feels murky, Miyazaki's painterly eye keeps things afloat
July 4, 2010
His antediluvian underwater creatures are gorgeous, a world removed from Finding Nemo, his sweeping tides and smashing tsunamis are a patchwork of colour and technique.
June 15, 2010
That rare children's movie that actually taps into the unique imaginative power of a child's mind.
April 15, 2010
Though far from Studio Ghibli's best film, Ponyo is still a magical experience.
April 13, 2010
Significantly, Miyazaki creates realistic, valid and memorably attractive characters, such as the heroic-vulnerable-patient-nurturing-tough mother, Tina Fey.
March 25, 2010
... this gentle storybook film is a simple, sweet tale animated with a delicacy unique to animated features.
March 19, 2010
While the animation in Ponyo is simplistic, even crude by many people's standards, there is no denying the film's dazzling color palette, masterful attention to detail and dizzying imagination.
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