Ponyo

Ponyo

DVD - 2010
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A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true.

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karebou
Apr 07, 2018

HAM! HAM! HAM!
who doesn't love ponyo?? Such a charming film :)

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Nursebob
Apr 04, 2018

Despite its charming score and visual flourishes (an opening shot of billowing jellyfish floating through a sunlit sea was superb) this is the most Disneyesque, and hence my least favourite, Miyazaki creation. Unlike the childhood insights of "My Neighbour Totoro" and "Spirited Away" which examined the tiny joys and terrors of growing up in the most wonderfully imaginative ways, Ponyo’s rather flat, and at time confusing, presentation seems content to simply dole out the standard lessons in love, hope and responsibility. The timeless sense of magic we’ve come to expect from Miyazaki is missing here, replaced instead by a cuteness overload which gives the film a Saturday Morning Cartoon feel. Nevertheless, the animation remains impeccable and there are more than a few artful touches whether it be a scene of monstrous waves beneath a starlit sky or a gaggle of old ladies rediscovering their youth in an underwater meadow. Too bland for adults, too baffling for the young ones.

bubble_pai Mar 20, 2018

Not one of the best for me, but the similarity to the little mermaid concept was enough for me to dwell in and watch it. A family time movie night, is what I'll say. Love the story and the character design.

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samjenks
Feb 13, 2018

Cute Japanese children's film.

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D061145902
Aug 21, 2017

I love Miyazaki's films, but this one is too strange for my taste.

CMLibrary_myesowitch Oct 06, 2016

My family's favorite Miyazaki film.

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CEMBER MARIE KAHM
Sep 21, 2016

I had seen many previews to this movie and, at first, it didn't really interest me like Howl's Moving Castle or Kiki's Delivery Service.

After sitting down and watching it with my daughter I found this family movie to be very cute and touching.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 21, 2016

The Movie “Ponyo” is absolutely the worst anime movie ever.“Ponyo” is an extremely rushed and is very difficult to understand movie. The movie also includes some fantasy such as mermaids and weird ocean creators, but these fantasy characters do not fit in well with the other characters in this movie. In fact, I believe that the fantasy characters actually ruin the whole movie. The plot of this movie is extremely confusing and horrible with a young boy finding an abnormal fish in the ocean and capturing it. The fish then wants to be human and becomes powerful just like her mother and tries to transform into a human. During the middle of the movie, it introduces random characters which makes it even more difficult and confusing to understand. The events that are displayed in the movie were very short and were irrelevant to the actual plot. The movie “Ponyo” does not really express any emotion or mood besides confusion. I believe this movie is for all ages. Overall this movie was a disgrace to all anime or anime movie lovers. Rating 2.5/5
- @Chichiro of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

You’ll never guess who voiced the English Ponyo until the end of this. Ponyo is an adorable water creature turned human. The story follower Ponyo and her human friend, Sosuke, another adorable person. In a way Ponyo is like a unique way of looking at Hans Christian Anderson’s the Little Mermaid, minus the tragedy. This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched. It’s wonderful and never even seems to try: It unfolds fantastically. The voice actress for Ponyo is none other than the beloved Miley Cyrus’s little sister Noah Cyrus.
- @LittleMissRedHead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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neffie75
May 18, 2016

This movie was lacking- the title character was too childish, the typical Miyzaki environmental message was initially too strong and had no follow through, and despite hinting at bad things that could happen (evil wizard, typhoon) there was no real conflict. I guess this would be great for little kids in that respect, but my sympathies to their parents. The best part of the movie was the drive back to the house during the storm- very suspenseful. But this scene also included the most unrealistic part. Sure, I'm willing to suspend my beliefs and accept there is a wizard who lives in the sea, a fish that can turn into a girl, and the magical protections that are produced, but I just can't accept the fact that Shosuke's mom drove through a couple of feet of raging water without getting washed off the road. Ridiculous.

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muunlight
Dec 28, 2015

This movie was so cute! I heavily enjoyed it.

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Love_Legolas_111
Aug 07, 2013

Sosuke (over the radio to his dad at sea): "I'm taking care of everyone here, dad!" Ponyo: "HHHAAAAAAMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Sosuke: Mom! Ponyo came back, and she's a little girl now!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Lisa: I say we start with dessert and go backwards. It's been a backwards kind of day!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Ponyo: Ponyo loves Sosuke! I will be a human, too!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Sosuke: Ponyo, make the candle bigger!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Noriko: I'd let a fish lick me if it'd get me out of this wheelchair.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Ponyo: He hates humans! He keeps me in a bubble, so I swam away from home.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Lisa: So, Ponyo, what's your Dad like?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Ponyo: Ponyo wants ham!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Ponyo: Ponyo loves Sosuke!

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Brunhilde is a fish-girl who lives in an aquarium with her father Fujimoto, a wizard, in his underwater castle with numerous smaller sisters. One day, when her father takes her and her siblings on an outing in his four-flippered submarine, Brunhilde is driven by a desire to see even more of the world and floats away on the back of a jellyfish. She ends up stranded on the shore of a small fishing town and is rescued by a boy named Sōsuke, who cuts his finger in the process. She licks his wound when he picks her up, and the wound heals almost instantly. After taking a great liking to her, Sōsuke names her Ponyo and promises to protect her forever. Meanwhile, Fujimoto is looking for his daughter. Upset that she ran away, he believes the humans have now kidnapped her, and he calls his wave spirits to return Ponyo to him. After the wave spirits take Ponyo away, Sōsuke is heartbroken and goes home with his mother, Lisa, who tries to cheer him up, to no avail.

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