Ponyo: DVD Review
Released by Madman Entertainment
Cast: Frankie Jonas,
Tina Fey, Noah Cyrus, Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
From the renowned animation stable of Studio Ghibli - the studio which bought
you Howl's Moving Castle, 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.
Studio Ghibli animation is always a delight - and this latest
offering from the stable of Hayao Miyazaki is no exception. It first wowed me at
the New Zealand International Film Festival and has done it again on the small
screen - even if it is the American dubbed one with major actors in the roles.
Shame, there's no sign yet of the Japanese version in all its majesty.
It's a truly enchanting tale - quite beautifully
animated with traditional drawings as opposed to the computer animation so
prevalent in today's cinematic world. 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.
A work of pure fantasy and one which shows there's
plenty of life left in Studio Ghibli - let's hope Miyazaki has got many more
tales in mind.