Ponyo: Movie Review
Cast: Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Noah Cyrus, Liam Neeson, Matt
Damon, Cate Blanchett
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
From the renowned animation stable of Studio Ghibli, comes Ponyo.
Or to give it its full title - Ponyo on a Cliff By The Sea.
A 5-year-old boy, Sosuke (voiced by Frankie Jonas) adopts a goldfish (the
titular Ponyo played by Noah Cyrus)when she emerges from the sea one day having
escaped from her father, the king of the ocean (voiced by Liam Neeson.)
However their friendship is torn apart as quickly as it's begun after the
seas reclaim her.
But Ponyo works a way out to become human and return to her friend - yet, her
desire could signal the end of the world.
Ghibli animation is always a delight - and this latest offering from the stable
of Hayao Miyazaki is no exception.
is the American one which has been redone - with Miyazaki's permission by Walt
Disney and released worldwide - the Japanese version is also out there if you
look hard enough.)
It's a truly enchanting tale -
based on the Little Mermaid clearly; but Ponyo is sweet and quite beautifully
animated with traditional drawings as opposed to the computer animation so
prevalent in today's cinematic world.
backgrounds are pencilled and the characters are animated - in many ways Ponyo
is simplistic and childish - in a good way - as it makes it accessible to all.
In fact the children in the audience were
completely entranced by the vivid animation and beautiful orchestral score as
they sat spellbound. It's a gorgeous world which has been created - one which
shows man and nature at balance and in harmony.
Ponyo has a pure heart and joy about her - even when a tsunami
threatens to engulf a town, the visual of Ponyo, in her human form, skipping
over the waves brings a smile to your face.
of pure fantasy and one which shows there's plenty of life left in Studio
Ghibli, Ponyo is a magical dizzying treat with gorgeously sumptuous visuals and
sounds for all ages.