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Matt Damon Dubs Ponyo on the Cliff

by dtshyk
Nov 27, 2008 4:01 AM | 60 Comments
According to Ghibli World, the English dub version of Miyazaki, Hayao's movie "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" (Gake no Ue no Ponyo) will be shown in the US theaters in 2009. The English dubbing will be directed by Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy ("Indiana Jones" series). The announced English dub cast is as follows:

Matt Damon
Tina Fey
Cate Blanchett
Liam Neeson
Lily Tomlin
Betty White
Frankie Jonas
Noah Cyrys
Cloris Leachman

It's not announced who plays which role.

Source:Ghibli World
Source: Coming Soon.net

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dtshyk said:

Frankie Jonas
Noah Cyrus


The Bonus Jonas and Miley Cyrus' little sister? ._.

Mar 25, 2009 5:55 AM by OverChasm

Anomalous said:


YourMessageHere said:
OK, I give up. Who is Tina fey and why is everyone else excited about her being involved in this?

At the moment, she's most well known for her epic performances as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.


God they were hilarious. For those of you who have no idea who she is, check out the vid in the spoiler.

Dec 3, 2008 3:47 PM by MotokoAramaki

Tiny Fey? A++

Hope this comes to a movie theater near me.

YourMessageHere said:
OK, I give up. Who is Tina fey and why is everyone else excited about her being involved in this?

At the moment, she's most well known for her epic performances as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.

Dec 2, 2008 6:17 AM by Anomalous

OK, I give up. Who is Tina fey and why is everyone else excited about her being involved in this?

Dec 1, 2008 2:52 AM by YourMessageHere

Matt Damon
Tina Fey
Cate Blanchett
Betty White

This alone should make everyone want to see this dub

Frankie Jonas
Noah Cyrus

And this is where said everyone will take the opportunity to rethink their previous decision...

Nov 30, 2008 9:52 PM by so_addictive

Cihan said:
Its people like you who are to blame for Hollywood remaking every Asian film in sight for no good reason continuing the xenophobic hegenomic attitude plaguing our screens.


It has nothing to do with that at all; I just like seeing these movies in my own language. That's all. Besides, Miyazaki says that his films are easily appreciated in one's native language. Where's the ruin in that?

As for reading, I can do that with books, but when it comes to these movies? I wanna see the art, not read the text.

Nov 29, 2008 11:22 AM by JTurner

EHh. The Mini-Joe Bro and Miley's lil Sis...?
I unno...
LOL.

TINA FEY :D

Nov 28, 2008 9:32 PM by VioletRebellion

mmh, that is a real interesting cast. It might be one of the better dubs out there.

Nov 28, 2008 7:25 PM by dawnferra

kevo said:
Who is "Noah Cyrys"? I Wiki'ed and Googled the name and I couldn't find anything. Miley Cyrus has a younger sibling named Noah; could it be a typo?
yeah i think it was a typo.

Nov 28, 2008 5:57 PM by windy

Who is "Noah Cyrys"? I Wiki'ed and Googled the name and I couldn't find anything. Miley Cyrus has a younger sibling named Noah; could it be a typo?

Nov 28, 2008 5:49 PM by kevo

Betty White!!!

I will so see this for her....

Nov 28, 2008 5:35 PM by JadedAnimeLady

Ghibli always gets the best voice talent. I'm glad this is no exception.

Nov 28, 2008 4:00 PM by MotokoAramaki

I totatly agree with you!! ^-^ The subbed version is always better than the dubbed version, hands down!!

Icy-nee-san said:
Ugh why cant they just release a fansubbed version and make money that way :P

I mean it'll help kids develop their reading level and possibly get them interested in good animes :P


Nov 28, 2008 3:28 PM by Sai_Fujiwara

gormenghast said:
wow..seems like a good cast..except for the retarded matt..XD



agreed…Though I want to hear how he does the voice. XD


I always love watching Ghibli movies and hearing English voices. xD

Nov 28, 2008 2:39 PM by YoshikoHatake

The Crayon Movie! Ive heard of it.

I can't wait to see...the subtitled version of it. Ha.

Nov 28, 2008 11:03 AM by Aarana

Matt Damon and Tina Fey are going to be in it? This is going to be interesting ^_^.

Nov 28, 2008 7:47 AM by Lucena

Cihan said:
Leon-Gun said:
Isn't it wonderfull how double-faced fans can be? I mean, I've seen the "oh, dub sucks because it's always the same people" or "did they pick up the first random people that passed by?", then when they take the effort to reach out for different and more known people they go all "oh, celebrities. They instantly must suck because they are celebrities and celebrities suck." Seriously...*sigh*


Well I hope you're not lumping me into the double-faced group because as I've made clear I dont listen to dubs much and dont care about casting, but quality. I can imagine being distracted by celebrity voice overs, just like I'm distracted with American feature length animations featuring Tom Hanks or whoever.
Well, while you were quoted in there, I was mostly lashing at the general attitude of people who make up silly excuses then make a different one when their original excuse is trampled. I think you made quite clear of your prefference which is something one should always respect.

You made a good point, and indeed some celebrities perform their roles so plain and lifeless that it detracts from the whole thing. But I think others really do get into the character. So, I don't think the generalization that celebrity always equal bad is well deserved. But that's my point of view and you have your own point of view.

Nov 28, 2008 6:15 AM by Leon-Gun

Ah shit, another star-sprinkled disney dub.

I have nothing against established actors playing voice roles per se, but I like Cihan find them distracting in Hollywood voice roles, let alone anime. Just because an actor is good in person on a screen does not necessarily mean they work well in a voice-only role. Disney's Ghibli dubs are always hit or miss affairs, some are good and some are bad. I grew up listening to radio plays, and I have heard good voice acting and bad voice acting from famous names and from unknowns. Matt Damon is certainly good at killing people with household items, but I can easily see him being rubbish at voice acting.

I too never watch the dub given a choice. My concern over this is that if I go and see this at a cinema, as I and everyone who wants to encourage film companies to release anime to cinemas abroad has a duty to do, I'll have to put up with dubbing. And it adds more to the price of the DVD if they use famous names who get paid huge wads of cash, of course.

Not to mention that the DVD release will inevitably be dubtitled all to hell like all the other western Ghibli releases, so it will also spoil the sub. Who voices it won't affect this of course, the person who decides that they need to add a load more lines in the dub because children don't like silence (despite every Ghibli film doing very well with kids in Japan) is the one at fault for this. Arsehole.

Nov 28, 2008 4:54 AM by YourMessageHere

Qui-Gon Jinn? Hell yeah, count me in.

Nov 28, 2008 2:07 AM by Ben

rofl @ frankie jonas

tina fey <3

Nov 28, 2008 1:40 AM by windy