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Ponyo (Gake no ue no Ponyo) Movie Review

Take a splash at a film, that the whole family will enjoy. Getting a break from all the 3D animation.



        Ponyo, the 2008 Japanese animated film by Studio Ghibli, which was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This is his tenth film for him. And his style and imagination is still going strong. Disney picks this movie up with great voice acting. This movie is about a magical goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by Noah Cyrus) that travels to the surface of the ocean and meets a 5-year-old boy name Sōsuke (voiced by Frankie Jonas). Once meeting him, Ponyo decides that she wants to become a human rather than her initial form as a goldfish. Although, I do know that a lot of people would that Ponyo does not look like a goldfish what so ever. Just have to be open minded upon watching it.

        Now, the plot begins as a underwater wizard named Fujimoto (voiced by Liam Neeson) is creating ocean life with his elixir in a huge barrier bubble covers the front part his whale-like boat. As he continues on, in the rear a weird creature with a human-like face is seen coming out of a window in the side of the boat. This, of course, is the first scene with Ponyo making her cautious introduction to you. She escapes with without getting noticed by the wizard on a jellyfish and process to the surface. This is merely the first scene even before the intro credits start rolling on screen. And you can easily find yourself lost in the old style but massive artwork that is put into the movie itself. With many oceanic creatures appearing right in front of your eyes.





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