Ponyo is a goldfish who lives in the sea, and has an over-protective magician for a father. Soon Ponyo runs away from home and is rescued by a five-year-old boy named Sosuke. As she wants nothing more than to understand what it's like to be a human being, Ponyo uses magic to transform into a human girl, and the two begin to form a special bond. However, this magic results in drastic consequences, and one final test stands in Ponyo's way before she can truly be human. Can Ponyo fulfill her dream, or is she destined to return to the sea?
After several movies from Hayao Miyazaki that have been both narratively and visually complex, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea feels like a return to "classic" form. The film is simpler both in its plot and animation style, having more in common with My Neighbor Totoro than any of the great... read more
This movie gives a bad name to Hayao Miyazaki and Ghibli Studios as a whole. It's plotline is simple and the struggle seems far too easy to overcome. It's an extremely happy-go-lucky story that simply doesn't fit with the typical Ghibli style. It is not only strongly geared toward younger children, but also rather boring at times. However, as it was directed by Hayao Miyazaki with Joe Hisaishi composing the... read more
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea