Director Hayao Miyazaki and filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney created Ponyo, an uplifting animation about friendship.
Director Hayao Miyazaki and filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney created Ponyo, an uplifting animation about friendship. From the big screen, to DVD and Blu-ray Ponyo has come to life by the voices of Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, and Betty White. During all 103 minutes of this G-rated movie, the audience is captivated.
Ponyo is about the friendship between a magic goldfish and a little boy. The tale started off by the little boy, Sosuke, voiced by Frankie Jonas, rescuing the little goldfish, Ponyo, voiced by Noah Cyrus. They quickly became great friends. Ponyo could magically turn herself into a little girl, make a toy boat big enough to sail in, and much, much more.
The more time they spent together, the more Ponyo wanted to stay human forever. Ponyo's father, a powerful sorcerer, did not approve of Ponyo becoming human and a big storm was unleashed. The balance between humans and magic was at stake. Choices had to be made, feelings had to be proven. To see if Ponyo got her wish, watch the movie, Ponyo.
Throughout this movie I was captivated. The story was one I have never seen before and have not seen anything like it. It was inspired by the classic Hans Christian Anderson story, The Little Mermaid. Ponyo and The Little Mermaid are very similar movies, but they were different enough to make me wonder and want to watch more of each movie. Ponyo was made from hand-drawn animation, which means that each part was drawn out, not made on the computer. This movie also had the most beautiful ocean life that was surreal and imaginative.
My favorite part was after the big storm, and how you could see all the ocean life swimming on the road because the water was so high. I could not look away from the TV for fear of missing something important because at times I was confused. All the magic laws and ways seemed to blend together into one mess. The movie was great; for a kid's animation. There were parts I loved, and parts I wanted to skip through. The movie had great messages though. The movie emphasized how dirty the ocean is and because of that, Ponyo almost got stuck in all the trash. The movie also shows that no matter who you are, someone will always love you and want to be your friend.
I would recommend this movie to many kids and people who like The Little Mermaid. Just because Ponyo is an animation, doesn't mean it doesn't have much to offer.
On DVD and Blu-ray Ponyo has a few bonus features to enjoy. There's the Meet Ponyo feature where you can see a little peek of behind the scenes. Even though it is called Meet Ponyo, the feature is more about the director and other important people that made Ponyo who she is. Enter the lands is a bonus feature that lets you meet the characters and hear the story of the movie. Behind the Studio is another feature that explores the film's inspiration with documentaries and interviews with Hayao Miyazaki. There is also a Sneak Peek section where you can see advertisements for other Disney movies. The bonus features explain more about the movie, Ponyo, with new and exciting things.
Ponyo is a great movie and I recommend many people who love a happy and heartwarming ending to see the movie. For more information about Ponyo go to http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/ponyo/