Gake no Ue no Ponyo


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Synonyms: Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Japanese: 崖の上のポニョ
English: Ponyo
German: Ponyo: Das große Abenteuer am Meer
Spanish: Ponyo en el Acantilado
French: Ponyo sur la Falaise
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 19, 2008
Producers: Dentsu, d-rights, Toho
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 1 hr. 40 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.911 (scored by 341666341,666 users)
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Ranked: #7082
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #369
Members: 513,160
Favorites: 3,454

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A goldfish sneaks away from home and floats off on the back of a jellyfish. After getting stuck in a glass jar, she drifts to the shore where she is freed by Sousuke, a five-year-old boy who lives with his mother Lisa in a house by the sea while his father Koichi works on a fishing boat. After healing a cut on Sousuke's finger by licking it, the goldfish is named Ponyo by her new friend.

Unknown to Sousuke, Ponyo already has a name and a family. Her father Fujimoto, a sorcerer who forsook his humanity to live underwater, searches frantically for his daughter Brunhilde. When found and captured, Ponyo rejects her birth name and declares that she wants to become a human. Using the power received from Sousuke's blood, she grows arms and legs and escapes to the surface once more. But the magic released into the ocean causes an imbalance in nature, causing the Moon to start falling out of orbit and the tides to grow dangerously stronger. Reunited with Ponyo, Sousuke must pass an ancient test to restore order in the world and let his companion live on as a human.

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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


Kouzuki, Yuria


Doi, Hiroki


Tokoro, George


Yamaguchi, Tomoko


Amami, Yuuki




Hiraoka, Eimi


Yoshiyuki, Kazuko




Suzuki, Toshio
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Executive Producer, Screenplay, Animation Director
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Medel, Jennifer


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

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 ...
Aug 16, 2009
Mixed Feelings

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 ...
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 ...

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