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Animation . Family . Fantasy

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human.

Actors: Yuria Nara , Hiroki Doi , George Tokoro , Tomoko Yamaguchi , Yūki Amami , Kazushige Nagashima , Akiko Yano , Shinichi Hatori , Tokie Hidari , Eimi Hiraoka , Jôji Tokoro
Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
Country: JAPAN
Release: 2009-08-14
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Don't tell Walt Disney, but Hayao Miyazaki really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    There is a word to describe Ponyo, and that word is magical. This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    It is a work of great fantasy and charm that will delight children ages 3 to 100.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Best of all, Ponyo never ceases to be a genuine odyssey in short pants.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    It’s essentially a stroll through a fantastically detailed pastel world, in which the plot is little more than an excuse for Miyazaki to dive into a world teeming with colorful (and sometimes prehistoric) life.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    You'll be planning to see Ponyo twice before you've finished seeing it once. Five minutes into this magical film you'll be making lists of the individuals of every age you can expose to the very special mixture of fantasy and folklore, adventure and affection.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The latest masterwork from Hayao Miyazaki, places emphasis on the natural world, its tumults and fragility.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    One of Miyazaki's most kid-accessible movies, but still an unnerving film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A marvel.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ronnie Scheib

    Though targeted at tots, Ponyo may appeal most to jaded adults thirsty for wondrous beauty and unpackaged innocence

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark Fulton

    Imagination spills across the screen in a bold, undeniable presence.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Joanne Kaufman

    If the plot of Ponyo is small as a minnow, its themes--the relationship between parent and child, between the young and the elderly, between friends, between man and nature--are large and fully realized.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    Ponyo isn't Hayao Miyazaki's greatest film -- that would be a tall order in a 30-year feature career that includes the Oscar-winning "Spirited Away" -- but his beautiful, quirky fable has magic other children's movies can't touch.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Traditional in the best sense.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    You watch a Miyazaki film with the pie-eyed, gape-mouthed awe of a child being read the most fantastic story and suddenly transported to places previously beyond the limits of imagination. It's quite a trip.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Miyazaki creates fascinating, fluid and whimsical scenarios.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This environmentally themed, very loose version of Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Mermaid" is never going to be mistaken for Disney's musical of the same name.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Miyazaki works marvels. Sit back and behold.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    An entertaining and fascinating film.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    It's a movie for anyone who, like Miyazaki himself, can still happily commune with his inner five-year-old.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Liam Neeson has gravely splendid pipes as Ponyo’s father, a once-human wizard who lives underwater and despises humankind for polluting the planet.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Ponyo is another conceptually and thrilingly original masterstroke from an animator who long ago left Walt Disney in the dust.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    A movie loaded with strange delights.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Even by Miyazaki standards, Ponyo makes less narrative sense than it should, and the pat ending is a bit of a letdown.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Alan Niester

    In short, it's very much a charming kids' film, created by a master of animation.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    My sense is that adults will be more taken with Ponyo than their offspring.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Compared to "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Kiki's Delivery Service," this is one of the anime master's weaker efforts.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Trippy in the right way, and wholly enchanting.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    His (Miyazaki) stories, and often his character design, just leave me cold. I know I'm supposed to be magically transported by his fanciful tales and his whimsical grandiosity, but they make me listless. Full Review
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