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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

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 2008
Licensors: Walt Disney Studios
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 41 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 7.931 (scored by 88,039 users)
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Ranked: #6242
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Popularity: #359
Members: 128,580
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Synopsis

A lonely little boy named Sousuke lives with his mother by the sea, flashing messages across the water to his father's boat. One day, amid the detritus brought in with the tide, he stumbles upon a little goldfish. Delighted by this strange new friend, he takes her home and names her Ponyo. Sousuke comes to learn, however, that Ponyo is no ordinary fish. A visit from a strange man brings with it fantastical happenings that lead Sousuke and Ponyo on an enlightening adventure.

In Gake no Ue no Ponyo, magic and reality clash around Ponyo and Sousuke, testing their resolve. Despite the trials they face, Ponyo and Sousuke form a strong friendship. They meet many interesting characters, and learn just as many lessons from them.

Background

Gake no Ue no Ponyo—Miyazaki's 8th animated film with Studio Ghibli—grossed more than $201 million USD worldwide. It is made up of over 170,000 individual frames.

In 2009, the film won in five categories at the 8th Annual Tokyo Anime awards. It was also awarded with the 32nd Japan Academy Prize for both Animation of the Year and Outstanding Musical Achievement.

Many aspects of Ponyo drew from portions of day-to-day life. The seaside village, for example, is based on Tomonoura, Japan, with some sections inspired by Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre. The main character, Sosuke, is also named after the hero of The Gate by Natsume Soseki.

Characters & Voice Actors

Ponyo
Ponyo
Main
Nara, Yuria
Japanese
Nara, Yuria
Sousuke
Sousuke
Main
Doi, Hiroki
Japanese
Doi, Hiroki
Fujimoto
Fujimoto
Supporting
Tokoro, George
Japanese
Tokoro, George
Risa
Risa
Supporting
Yamaguchi, Tomoko
Japanese
Yamaguchi, Tomoko

Staff

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


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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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aranelcharis
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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Redward
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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Venneh
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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seekster
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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