Ponyo (Dubbed)

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Animation, Family
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD: March 2, 2010

Current rating: Rating: 4.21
based on 79 votes and 13 reviews
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Cast: Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Kurt Knutsson, Betty White, Liam Neeson, Jennessa Rose, Lily Tomlin, Cloris Leachman

Synopsis

Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) is a mischievous and adventurous little goldfish, who drifts away from the undersea home she shares with her father, the wizard Fujimoto (voiced by Liam Neeson), and hundreds of little sisters. Far from her home, she meets Sosuke (voiced by Frankie Jonas), a 5-year-old boy who lives by the sea with his mother Lisa (voiced by Tina Fey). Sosuke gently cares for his new pet and quickly wins Ponyo's heart.

Ponyo's father, desperate for his daughter to return to their undersea home, uses his magic to bring her back, much to Ponyo's dismay. But Ponyo, ever the stubborn little goldfish, longs to return to her special friend. She magically transforms herself into a little girl and finds her way back to Sosuke's house where she and her friend embark on a series of adventures.

But Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the delicate balance of nature and triggers a gigantic storm. Only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess (voiced by Cate Blanchett), can restore nature's balance and perhaps make Ponyo's dreams come true.

Director: John Lasseter, Hayao Miyazaki, Brad Lewis, Peter Sohn
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Producer(s): Toshio Suzuki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Official Site: Disney.com/Ponyo

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  • 3 stars "Strange little animated movie. Age old theme/story told with Japanese twists. Who figured that ham sandwiches are part of Japanese culture??? Mildly entertaining at best for adults, kids will probably love it."
  • 5 stars "my 4 year old loved it"
  • 5 stars "Like most studio Ghibli movies, this one is a precious gem."