Ponyo (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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Welcome to a world where anything is possible! Academy Award® winning director Hayao Miyazaki (2002, Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away) and legendary filmmaker John Lasseter together with Disney bring to life a heartwarming and imaginative telling of Hans Christian Andersen s classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. 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, can restore nature s balance and make Ponyo s dreams come true. Ponyo will delight your family with its magnificent animation and timeless story.
Ponyo confirms Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki's reputation as one of the most imaginative filmmakers working today. Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid," Ponyo is a magical celebration of innocent love and the fragile beauty of the natural world. The daughter of the sea goddess Gran Mamare (voiced by Cate Blanchett) and the alchemist Fujimoto (Liam Neeson), Ponyo (Noah Cyrus) begins life as an adventurous little goldfish. Chafing at her father's restrictions, she goes in search of adventure and meets Sosuke (Frankie Jonas), a good-natured 5-year-old who lives by the sea. Sosuke adopts Ponyo and quickly wins her heart. Fujimoto uses magic to bring her back, but Ponyo's love for Sosuke proves stronger than his elixirs. She transforms herself into a human girl and returns to him during a spectacular storm at sea, but her metamorphosis upsets the balance of nature, precipitating a crisis only Gran Mamare can resolve. Ponyo contains fantastic moments that suggest dreams-- and reassert the power of hand-drawn animation to create memorable fantasies: No effects-laden Hollywood feature can match the wonder of Ponyo running along the tops of crashing waves on her way back to Sosuke. Ponyo is closer in tone to My Neighbor Totoro than Spirited Away or Howl's Moving Castle, and will appeal to audiences of all ages, including small children. The #1 film in Japan in 2008, Ponyo earned more than ¥14.9 billion (over US$155 million) to become the 8th highest grossing film in Japanese history. (Rated G: A few scary moments, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
- World of Ghibli – An 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
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The story is a wonderful retelling of the Little Mermaid, and as with other Studio Ghibli movies, just sit and get lost in the art and the story. The quality is wonderful and the fact is, the weird and wonderful should be part of our lives.
My children are now young adults and even though they show little to no interest in the Disney fare of their youth, they still love the Miyazaki films...and with good reason. Somehow, Miyazaki is able to tap into that dearest of human traits we all long for...the wide eyed wonder of innocence. He does so without sugar coating his material, nor does he speak down to his audience. He doesn't rely on juvenile humor or overtly sappy sentimentality.
This film, in particular, is a prime example of this talent. Even as an adult, when you first hear Ponyo declare "Ponyo loves Sosuke!", it warms the heart because it comes off not only as incredibly sweet, but totally sincere. The English voice cast is well matched, but I must say I was most impressed by Tina (SNL, 30 Rock) Fey's portrayal of Lisa, Sosuke's somewhat frenetic mother. Fey doesn't have one of those voices that sticks out in your head, as is most common in animated fare. Hers is a simple and earnest voice which delivers lines with complete believability. Liam Neeson and Cate Blanchette are also quite charming in their roles, as are Betty White, Cloris Leachman, and Lily Tomlin.
Ponyo is a delight from start to finish and it makes me long for more traditional hand drawn animation. Even though Miyazaki is now retired, I've no doubt that Studio Ghibli will continue the long standing tradition of excellence.
This Disney edition with both Blu Ray & DVD is great and the quality cannot be beat. Don't settle for the poor quality Miyazaki bootlegs that sometimes appear on Amazon - part of the wonder of Miyazaki is the artistic detail put into his films which doesn't translate well in those bootlegs.
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