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Ponyo [DVD]

Hayao Miyazaki    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Toshio Suzuki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039LAPNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Animated adventure by the Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's story 'The Little Mermaid'. When a feisty baby goldfish/mermaid called Ponyo (voiced by Noah Lindsey Cyrus) runs away from her home in the sea, she ends up stranded on the shore and is rescued by Sosuke (Frankie Jonas), a human boy who lives on a nearby clifftop. Ponyo yearns to become human herself so that she can be with Sosuke, but many obstacles stand in her way. Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Lily Tomlin and Liam Neeson lend their voices to the English version of the film.

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Having had 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' for a while, we bought this film primarily for our 4-year-old grandson to watch. I'm quite sure he doesn't understand the storyline, except in its simplest essentials (neither do we, really), but the fact is that he has watched it four times right through in two weeks, totally absorbed. The nature and quality of the animation has a lot to do with this. It's not just the fish/girl (Ponyo) that's cute - Sosoke and his mum, Lisa are too, and indeed the old ladies at the Senior Citizens' Facility. Lisa is intriguing - an impetuous Mum, a very bad driver, a poor timekeeper, living on top of a cliff with her very nice and trustworthy little boy (of whom she is extremely fond), her husband a sea-captain in one of the very many coastal ships which pass and repass along the heavily polluted coastline. It's not a pretty-pretty film, and environmental issues are very much on the agenda, but there's magic too, both literal (worked by Ponyo, her father and her mother) and metaphorical, in the effect the film has on its watchers. It works whether you are 4 or 64 - believe me. Recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for all ages 24 Aug 2010
No matter how old you are, whether your 6 or 96 all will love this film.
It's cute, funny, and has very catchy theme music.

For anyone who has never seen any type of anime please be warned you may find this (Like most of Studio Ghibli films) bizarre. Stick with it as it does make sense after a while.

I love all of Studio Ghibli films and recommend 'Whisper of the Heart' as well as 'Spirited Away' and also 'Princess Mononoke'.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ponyo loves Sosuke! 7 Feb 2010
Hayao Miyazaki is one of those rare directors who can take the magic of nature and childhood, then somehow capture it for the screen.

And his tenth Ghibli movie "Ponyo" is no exception -- it's a reimagined tale of a "little mermaid" who wants to become human so she can be with a little human boy she loves. It's a simple story told in a simple manner (occasionally TOO simple), but it has a lush oceanic beauty and an innocent sweetness that really capture your heart and imagination.

A little boy named Sosuke finds a tiny "goldfish" with a human face on a beach, trapped in a bottle. He names her Ponyo, and goes to great lengths to care for his little fishy friend. But then the sea wizard Fujimoto, Ponyo's overprotective dad, appears and snatches Ponyo back into the sea -- and she decides that she wants to become human so she can be with Sosuke. Having tasted a bit of Sosuke's blood, she sprouts chickenleggy limbs and starts to change, but inadvertently disrupts a magical well that causes the moon to drop, the seas to rise over the land, and prehistoric magic to rise once more.

Sosuke and Ponyo are delighted to be reunited, despite the raging storm that is engulfing the city and causing ships to go missing. While the children go searching for Sosuke's missing mother, Fujimoto struggles to fix the balance of nature before the entire world is destroyed, with the help of Ponyo's sea goddess mother. The only hope of restoring balance lies in Ponyo and Sosuke -- and if Sosuke's love is not true, then Ponyo will be reduced to sea foam.

Compared to Miyazaki's other movies, "Ponyo" is a very simple story -- it's basically a boy-meets-fishgirl story, with lots of children running around being adorable and exquisite looks at the sea.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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Utterly incredible.

Some of the scenes where Hayao just loosely hand-draws the whole screen, with a few scribbles, are beyond belief.

The "sense of water" is unprecedented - amazing.

This is Art -- in an age with very little Art.

it's difficult to overstate how astonishing this is ... the works of Miyazaki are, really, like the ouvre of Shakespeare for our times.

(BTW, bizarrely the FRENCH version of Ponyo has already been available, in France, for months! It's great!)

Something to consider - simply watch the film IN JAPANESE. It's not that there's anything wrong with the English version, but, the film is so incredibly ... operatic .. like an animation "tone poem" that it's almost better if you are not distracted by ANY language. (It could be a wordless film...the incredible music only)

As you probably know already, this is Miyazaki for the youngest viewers. It is absolutely perfect from age 2 onwards!

I played it literally three (3) times in a row nonstop the first time...from the first frame onwards it is breathtaking. You just sit there with your mouth open.

The scenes that are already famous are breathless, the most amazing animation ever, the greatest expression of joie de vivre certainly in any film output, perhaps in any artform for a century or two. Staggering.

The only question is, can Hayao do ANYTHING, EVER to top this??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, uninspiring steelbook 16 Jan 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Ghibli steelbooks are something of a disappointment thanks to the silver backgrounds making them look a little unfinished. A white background would have been preferable, a full sleeve picture ideal. In truth the original Ponyo digipak is the more attractive package. The saving grace of these steelbook releases is that they don't have the messed up numbering system on their spines that upsets us OCD nerds. Even then, the spines are rather dull.

Overall, something I had to have in the collection. It looks decent enough but is a wasted opportunity that could have produced something spectacular and essential. And knowing Studio Canal, they'll find a way to mess it all up by redesigning the next wave.

Great film but most purchasers will be better off with the regular packaging.
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