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Running Time:
1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: G General Audiences.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This dazzling, colorful and extraordinarily imaginative fable has magic other children's movies can't even hope to match.

Additional Info:
Special DVD Features:
The world of Ghibli- visit Ponyo in this extraordinary interactive experience: Enter the Lands- meet the characters and hear the story of the movie, Behind the Studio- discover the film's inspiration through documentaries, including all-new interviews with Hayao Miyazaki; Meet Ponyo- introduction by the producers; Storyboard presentation of the movie

Ponyo Directed by the great 67-year-old Japanese master of animation  Hayao Miyazaki ("Howl's Moving Castle") and loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid," five year-old Sosuke (voiced by Frankie Jonas) lives in a little house on a high cliff over looking the sea while his father is away working as captain of a ship. Sosuke’s great love is the sea, and his favorite pastime is splashing about in the shallows with his toy boat, pretending to be a captain just like his father. One day, just before school, Sosuke discovers a strange little fish wedged into a glass bottle in the water. He frees the little fish and names her Ponyo.

But Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) is no normal fish. She has a human face - a fact that Sosuke simply accepts as only a small child can. Ponyo is a magical creature, the daughter of Fujimoto - an undersea sorcerer (voiced by Liam Neeson) who left human society years earlier in disgust at how people mistreat the sea. Ponyo is bright and curious and unaware of the extent of her power, and she wants more than anything to explore beyond the narrow bounds set for her by her father.  When Ponyo meets Sosuke she falls immediately in love and wants - much to the horror of her father - to become fully human and live in the human world forever. 

When Ponyo actucally does transform, it apparently disturbs the terrestrial order and causes the moon to descend toward the earth, which raises the sea level and causes torrential rains and floods. The only way to restore normalcy and save the planet is through the intervention of Ponyo’s mother (voiced by Cate Blanchett).

In many ways Ponyo is a much more plot-heavy film than many of Miyazaki's earlier works having a number of different sub-plots playing out simultaneously, many of which are left underdeveloped. Why Ponyo’s desire to become human should trigger a major environmental catastrophe is never explained, neither is Fujimoto’s seeming turnabout from wanting to cause the destruction of humanity to working to prevent it. Nevertheless, this is a dazzling, colorful and extraordinarily imaginative fable that has magic that other animated children's movies can't even hope to match. 

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