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Gake no Ue no Ponyo

Gake no Ue no Ponyo

Alternative Titles

English: Ponyo
Synonyms: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Japanese: 崖の上のポニョ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 2008
Duration: 1 hr. 41 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
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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.

(Source: Disney)

Characters & Voice Actors

Nara, Yuria
Nara, Yuria
Doi, Hiroki
Doi, Hiroki
Tokoro, Jouji
Tokoro, Jouji
Yamaguchi, Tomoko
Yamaguchi, Tomoko


Suzuki, Toshio
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Screenplay, Animation Director, Executive Producer
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Hisaishi, Joe
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music

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Jul 23, 2008
3 words describe this movie: Death By Cuteness [Note: This review is based off of the Japanese version, not the Disney dubbed one!]

If you thought Totoro was cute, you ain't seen nothing yet. Ponyo is the cutest ever. The movie is loosely based on "The Little Mermaid," but don't think Disney. Think instead of when you were a kid, and the world was brighter, magical, full of wonder and delight. Those are the feelings which describe what happens when you enter the world of Miyazaki.

Story - Although there's more story to Ponyo than your average Miyazaki film (eg: Totoro again), the film is geared read more
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Aug 18, 2009
TITLE: Ponyo (on the Cliff by the Sea)

ANIME: Ponyo is the eighth animated feature done by Studio Ghibli (well-known for other films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) and the tenth animated feature for Hayao Miyazaki as a director (well-known for his directorial work on My Neighbor Totoro and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind). Ponyo was released in Japanese theatres on July 19th, 2008, and won Best Anime of the Year at the Tokyo Anime Awards and the Japanese Academy Prize for Best Animation of the Year. It was released dubbed in Stateside theatres just this last weekend, on August read more
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Aug 16, 2009
Miyazaki. What comes to mind when you hear that name? Cute characters? Great movies? Remarkable talent? Any of these would be normal and deserved. There isn't a person in their right mind whose heart didn't warm itself while watching Tortoro, or fluttered with excitement in Sprirted Away. Which is why when Ponyo was announced, their was born an anticipation. An anticipation for the same Miyazaki magic that has touched us time and time again.

And it is also why the disappointment was so great.

Ponyo was bad. The plot had holes large enough to happily sail through and the characters were about as two-dimensional as you read more
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Jan 27, 2010
Let me preface by noting that I am a Miyazaki fan that consider Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke (in that order) the best animated films ever to come out of Japan (or possibly anywhere). Spirited Away in particular had it all, a good story, memorable music, incredible visuals, and likable characters that grew as the story progressed. I also saw Howl's Moving Castle and while I thought it was good it wasnt up to the same quality as Spirited Away or Mononoke (still maybe about the level of Kiki though).

Now I also admit that I saw the dubbed version of Ponyo featuring a cast read more
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Both stories involve a friendship between a kind-hearted human and an innocent fish (taking on the appearance of a human). Ponyo is about an innocent love between two children, where Tsuritama is about creating friendships and working hard to understand each other. 
reportRecommended by Kuro-chan
Both are movies from Hayao Miyazaki, and both are feelgood movies with a touching story and ending. 
reportRecommended by johnisnothisdate
Both stories about little kids and their adventures with the sea. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Same director. Both are visually stunning and have a distinct Gibli, magical quality to them.  
reportRecommended by amade0
Both are directed by Hayao Miyazaki and from Studio Ghibli.
Lovable characters and great art.
A girl chasing her dreams, with lots of adventure!
If you like one, you'll definitely like the other. 
reportRecommended by alinaokumura
1. It has the same innocent child-like feel to it.

2. Filled with strange creatures.
reportRecommended by dePastillas

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"Gake no Ue no Ponyo (崖の上のポニョ)" by Fujioka Fujimaki and Nozomi Ōhashi

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