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Genre: Anime
Photography: Color
Running Time: 103 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: July 19, 2008
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
Distributed by: Toho
Starring: Tomoko Yamaguchi
Kazushige Nagashima
Yūki Amami
George Tokoro
Yuria Nara
Hiroki Doi
Rumi Hiiragi
Akiko Yano
Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Tomoko Naraoka

Ponyo (Japanese: 崖の上のポニョ Hepburn: Gake no Ue no Ponyo, literally "Ponyo on the Cliff") is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli for the Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Mitsubishi, and Toho. It is the eighth film Hayao Miyazaki directed for Studio Ghibli and his tenth film overall.

The film was released in Japan on July 19, 2008, and was later dubbed into English by Disney in the US and Canada on August 14, 2009, and in the UK on February 12, 2010. It earned over US$201 million worldwide and won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.


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.

Why it Rocks

  1. Even though the movie is based on The Little Mermaid, it expands on that differently.
  2. Amazing animation, all of it being done hand drawn with no CGI in sight (It was also the first Studio Ghibli film in a while to be exclusively hand drawn).
  3. Sosuke is an intelligent and happy boy for his age who shows a really good relationship with Ponyo.
  4. Good voice acting, both in Japanese and English. Basically, think of comparing Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas being best friends to Ponyo and Sosuke's relationship.
  5. Awesome music by composer Joe Hisaishi, especially the main theme.
  6. Quite exciting and intense moments, like when Ponyo causes a tsunami.
  7. Ponyo's Mom Granmamare is a beautiful piece of animation.

Bad Qualities

  1. Disney replaced the second verse of the main theme in the credits with a cheesy remix sang by Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas.


  • Miyazaki wanted to make a sequel to this film, but Toshio Suzuki convinced him to make The Wind Rises, which itself is a good movie no doubt.


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