Gake no Ue no Ponyo


Ponyo

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Alternative Titles

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

Statistics

Score: 7.931 (scored by 381629381,629 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7192
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #375
Members: 574,700
Favorites: 4,168

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Synopsis

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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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

Main
Kouzuki, Yuria
Japanese

Sousuke

Main
Doi, Hiroki
Japanese

Fujimoto

Supporting
Tokoro, George
Japanese

Lisa

Supporting
Yamaguchi, Tomoko
Japanese

Granmammare

Supporting
Amami, Yuuki
Japanese

Yoshie

Supporting
Naraoka, Tomoko
Japanese

Kumiko

Supporting
Hiraoka, Eimi
Japanese

Toki

Supporting
Yoshiyuki, Kazuko
Japanese

Koichi

Supporting

Staff

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

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




Reviews

Feb 6, 2024
what a wholesome movie. I am going through something and this movie made my day. I am in love with the characters and the story. I LOVE Sosuke and he is such a cinnamon role. If I ever were to have a son, I'd raise him to be as gentle and caring as Sosuke.
overall it's a good movie especially when you need a break or escape from reality. this movie leaves you with fluffiness in your heart. it has become my comfort movie now. the soundtracks, animation, the clumsy movements of kids, everything is just perfect.
The story is definitely unique. it's like a magical world ...
Jul 27, 2021
Mixed Feelings
At first I thought this movie was gonna be very different than what it was actually like, I was expecting something more along the lines of an ordinary every day kids cartoon but instead it was like if the writers of Emperor's New Groove had taken LSD then tried to write an anime. All aside this movie was very interesting and unique, i feel like they could've definitely gone a different direction but im definitely okay with how it went. The beginning is very weird with a magical person seducing fish then chasing a fat baby to land after it hitched a ride inside a ...
Dec 27, 2020
The animation is great as ever when it comes to Studio Ghibli. The difference here is the story lacks the same charm and purpose as other Ghibli works. Not only that, the story is awful. It's like if the story started with a concept and then forwent developing it and instead went the opposite direction of anything meaningful and worthwhile. I didn't care about either of the protagonists, and the other characters were amazingly flat. I suppose I enjoyed some of the orchestral works, though the title song is obnoxious. This is obviously intended for a younger audience, though that didn't stop former family Ghibli ...

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