Ranked #587

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
Source: Original
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 41 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.951 (scored by 73,686 users)
Ranked: #5872
Popularity: #349
Members: 106,216
Favorites: 395
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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)


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Characters & Voice Actors

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


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

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

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

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Jul 18, 2015
This is the kind of movie you should watch when you’re feeling down. It’s so joyfully magical and the story is so simple and heartwarming.

Ponyo immediately gave me the feeling of an old classic Disney film such as Pinocchio. The music is gorgeous with one very cute theme in particular, but a little old-fashioned at times. The song during the opening credits actually sounds operatic.

The colors are very bright, but the animation is a bit simpler than usual Ghibli fare. I like the way the characters are illustrated, whether they are being portrayed in a natural light or in a comically odd one. But the read more
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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 little...fish-girl 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 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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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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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
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Both are movies from Hayao Miyazaki, and both are feelgood movies with a touching story and ending. 
reportRecommended by johnisnothisdate
Anime: Puka Puka Juju
Both stories about little kids and their adventures with the sea. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Same director. Both are visually stunning and have a distinct Gibli, magical quality to them.  
reportRecommended by amade0
Anime: Majo no Takkyuubin
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
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1. It has the same innocent child-like feel to it.

2. Filled with strange creatures.
reportRecommended by dePastillas

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