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Ponyo (2008)

Country: Japan

Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy

Taglines: Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Writers: Hayao Miyazaki

Stars: Tomoko Yamaguchi, Kazushige Nagashima, Yûki Amami, Jôji Tokoro, ...

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human.
Hayao Miyazaki drew most of the sea and wave imagery himself, experimenting with making it as expressionistic as possible. John Lasseter said that he had never seen water animated so beautifully before.
The opening 12 seconds, involving vast schools of fish and undersea creatures, required 1613 pages of conceptual sketches to develop.
Hayao Miyazaki was very surprised by the lukewarm reaction of children to his film in test screenings.
Hayao Miyazaki stated at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con that he was inspired to create the film after watching Disney's animated adaptation The Little Mermaid (1989).
This is the first animated feature film since Mononoke-hime (1997) to be created and painted on traditional animation cels.
The first Hayao Miyazaki film to be rated G by the MPAA since the release of Majo no takkyûbin (1989) in 1998.
In 2009, the film's US gross ($15 million) set a record for a Disney/Ghibli production. Only five other anime films have grossed more in the US: three of them being Pokémon films, the fourth Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie (2004), and the fifth Kari-gurashi no Ariett
This was the first animated film to be nominated for and win the Best Film Score prize at the Japanese Academy Awards.
The level of detail in the animation resulted in 170,000 separate images - the most that have ever appeared in a Hayao Miyazaki film.
The seaside village where the story takes place is inspired by the town of Tomonoura in Setonaikai National Park in Japan where Hayao Miyazaki stayed in 2005.
Sôsuke is based on Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki, when he was five years old.
Sôsuke's father works aboard a ship named the Koganei maru. Koganei is the town in Western Tokyo where Studio Ghibli is located.
Melissa Matheson, the writer of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), revised the English translation for the American version.
Until Kari-gurashi no Arietti (2010), this received the widest release for a Studio Ghibli film in the US when it opened in 927 theaters. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) opened in 26 theaters, Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004) 36 and Mononoke-hime (1997) 3
Melissa Mathison wrote the English language script in just four days but also worked with the actors during the voiceover sessions to further refine the translations.
Hayao Miyazaki was interested in doing a sequel to the film but producer Toshio Suzuki suggested Miyazaki adapt Kaze tachinu (2013) instead.
Sôsuke is a reference to the works of famous Japanese novelist 'Sôseki Natsume' (1867-1916). In 'The Gate,' central male character Sôsuke lives in a house that stands on a hill, Gake no ue.
Hayao Miyazaki:  [mother]  Toki, the bitter old lady in the rest home, is actually an affectionate homage to Miyazaki's mother (as was the mother in Tonari no Totoro (1988)).
The sequence in which Ponyo offers food to the baby was included to show that Ponyo could be selfless and live in the human world. Hayao Miyazaki developed the scene late in production, when he was stuck on how to end the film.
This is the first animated feature film since Princess Mononoke (1997) to be created and painted on traditional animation cels.
The first Hayao Miyazaki film to be rated G by the MPAA since the release of Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) in 1998.
Until The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), this received the widest release for a Studio Ghibli film in the US when it opened in 927 theaters. Spirited Away (2001) opened in 26 theaters, Howl's Moving Castle (2004) 36 and Princess Mononoke (1997) 38.
Hayao Miyazaki was interested in doing a sequel to the film but producer Toshio Suzuki suggested Miyazaki adapt The Wind Rises (2013) instead.
Hayao Miyazaki:  [mother]  Toki, the bitter old lady in the rest home, is actually an affectionate homage to Miyazaki's mother (as was the mother in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)).
The design of the ocean waves during the typhoon caused by Ponyo were inspired by the waves in the famous woodblock print The Wave Off Kanagawa by Japanese artist Hokusai.
In the beginning intro of the film, the music composer of the film, Joe Hisaishi's name is credited behind a pink ocean which is not given to any other names.
Hayao Miyazaki: [mother] Toki, the bitter old lady in the rest home, is actually an affectionate homage to Miyazaki's mother (as was the mother in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)).
There are many references to Richard Wagner's opera series 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' scattered throughout the film. Ponyo's real name is Brünnhilde, one of the leading roles of Wagner's 'Die Walküre.' Brünnhilde is also a "supernatural," being who falls i
In 2009, the film's US gross ($15 million) set a record for a Disney/Ghibli production. Only five other anime films have grossed more in the US: three of them being Pokémon films, the fourth Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (2004), and the fifth The Secret World of A
There are many references to Richard Wagner's opera series 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' scattered throughout the film. Ponyo's real name is Brünnhilde, one of the leading roles of Wagner's 'Die Walküre.' Brünnhilde is also a "supernatural," being who falls in love with a human (Siegfried), much like Ponyo falls in love with Sôsuke. When Ponyo is chasing after Sôsuke and his mother during the giant storm scene, you can hear a musical tribute to Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."
In 2009, the film's US gross ($15 million) set a record for a Disney/Ghibli production. Only five other anime films have grossed more in the US: three of them being Pokémon films, the fourth Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (2004), and the fifth The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) (another Disney/Ghibli production).
A sequel was planned but was swapped with The Wind Rises and since Miyazaki retirement it's unknown if it's still going to be made.
Ponyo's hair is up when she uses magic or when she has magic but is down when she is tired or out of magic.
Judging on what her dad says about her drinking blood it could be that Ponyo has been human before.
Since Ponyo's can never get wet it could be that she can breath underwater.
Ponyo's clothes can stay dry if under water.
Ponyo's always wears the same outfit throughout the film.
Ponyo's last line is "Don't like this place".
When Ponyo is dragging the boat into the water she can briefly be seen that she can walk on water but soon sinks into the water.
Ponyo can't talk when as a fish probably because fish don't have teeth.
Ponyo's real age is unknown.
Because Ponyo drank Sosuke's blood she has Sosuke's appearance but as a female.
It's unknown that before she became human permanently if she could change clothes or take off the one's she had.
The reason why Ponyo turns back into a fish is because she used up all of her magic. When Ponyo uses her magic she turns into her chicken form, but had enough magic to turn back to normal. But she used so much magic that she couldn't use magic anymore and turns back to a fish.
When she's a fish she has a white belly spot but when she's human it inset there but when Ponyo makes the boat big when her shirt fly's up you can see a faint belly spot.
When Ponyo first becomes Human she recreates a giant waves of tsunamis and Ponyo is shown running on them all the time because of her magic. Later in the film when Ponyo makes Sosuke's boat bigger she runs outside to the water with Sosuke to put the boat in the water, when she first run's outside if you look you can see her walking a few feet out of the house onto the water. But only after taking a few steps outside she then sinks into the water, this shows that Ponyo's magic is getting weaker which is shown more later in the movie.