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Ponyo
Cate Blanchett and Liam Neeson
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Overview

Fans of Hayao Miyzaki's stunning animation can rejoice since the Japanese master still hasn't made good on his promises to retire. In this film, the story of "The Little Mermaid" is brought to modern-day Japan, where a small fish named Ponyo wants to live with a five-year-old boy named Sosuke.

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Main Cast & Crew:
Cate Blanchett
Liam Neeson

Details

    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray (With DVD, 2 Pack, Widescreen)
  • Run Time: 103
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 826663181661
  • Genre: CARTOONS & ANIMATION
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: October 2017

Movie Reviews

Reviews:
"Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece, a delightfully sweet, extraordinarily imaginative LITTLE MERMAID-esque children's fantasy." - 09/12/2008 Premiere


"[O]lder kids and even adults are unlikely to get bored, thanks to the story's unforced sweetness, giddy highs, and stunningly beautiful visuals." -- Grade: A - 08/13/2009 A.V. Club


"[A]n emotionally profound, visually thrilling animated reimagining of the classic fairy tale THE LITTLE MERMAID..." -- Grade: A - 08/21/2009 Entertainment Weekly


3.5 stars out of 4 -- “With its ever shifting world and palpable sense of magic, PONYO captures the wonder of being a child....Miyaki is a master at interweaving reality and fantasy.” - 08/14/2009 USA Today


"PONYO begins not with the ordinary but with an extraordinary vision of a dazzling undersea world that is rich with visual wonders..." - 08/14/2009 Los Angeles Times


4 stars out of 4 -- "This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched." - 08/13/2009 Chicago Sun-Times


"[I]ts themes -- the relationships between parent and child, between the young and the elderly, between friends, between man and nature -- are large and fully realized." - 08/14/2009 Wall Street Journal


"PONYO is the latest masterwork from Mr. Miyazaki....[The film] shares thematic and visual similarities with his earlier work, notably its emphasis on the natural world, its tumults and fragility." - 08/19/2009 New York Times


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he delicate colors and hand-drawn, proudly 2-D images are breathtaking....Miyazaki works marvels." - 09/03/2009 Rolling Stone


Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "The word to describe PONYO, is magical." - 12/24/2009 Chicago Sun-Times


4 stars out of 5 -- "With its pastel palette and loose line-work, Ponyo's handmade look fits the film's child-like spirit like a mitten." - 01/26/2009 Total Film


4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a edgy beauty that sticks in the mind, most of all in the sequence where Miyazaki unleashes a raging tsunami on the Japanese shore." - 02/05/2010 Empire


"The bravura animation, showing the massive magic waves crashing explosively against a coastal road, conveys the might of nature better than any dialogue." - 03/01/2010 Sight and Sound


"[The] joy of Ponyo lies in how cheerfully it plays out, focusing on the connection between a plucky 5-year-old named Sosuke and Ponyo, the magical fish girl he plucks from the sea." - 10/31/2020 The Atlantic

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