Ponyo

Ponyo

DVD - 2017
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DanielaFlores344
Feb 01, 2021

Ponyo is a beautiful anime film made by Studio Ghibli. It follows the story of a young fish called Ponyo, her journey into the human world, and the slight chaos she causes when she is rescued from a glass jar by a young boy named Sasuke. I love this film because the way it depicts love is in a very unconventional way. I feel like Ponky truly understands what love is for me, as an asexual and aromantic individual. As shown in this film, love can be anything from supporting who you care about, protecting them, accepting them for who they are, but can also be things as simple as sharing a delicious dinner. It’s just incredibly tender and sweet, and though it may not be as strong as other Ghibli films, it made me feel alive in a way few other films can.

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heyjealousy
Dec 27, 2020

The weakest of the Ghibli movies, imho. What I, nor anyone, can dismiss is the gorgeous visuals. While the annoying titular character didn't fascinate me much, the absolute thrill of deep, complex animation sent me spinning. What an imaginative group the artists were and still are.

Above all, I think the reason I don't like it is it really *is* a kid's movie. And yes, I'm perfectly aware most Ghibli movies are, but when watching films such as Spirited Away or Arrietty, I never once, for a second, feel too old or mature to watch. With Ponyo, I find virtually nothing relatable. Maybe to have some more empathy for parents who's children act out in a bratty fashion in public. I took nothing away from this film, and I gave it more than one shot. This is one of the most fiercely defended of the Ghibli films, but it wouldn't need much defending if it were actually, you know, a decent watch?

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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 17, 2020

I love Studio Ghibli movies and this was my 1st time seeing Ponyo. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it.

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i_am
Jan 17, 2020

Cineplex occasionally screens Studio Ghibli Films. You can check their schedule at https://www.cineplex.com/Events/Anime

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LarryOnOff
Nov 28, 2019

A visual treat. We first watched this years ago when my children were between 12 & 7. They're all teenagers now, (19, 17, 15) and they still enjoy watching it over again. Hayao Miyazaki's movies are timeless and wonderful for children of all ages.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 22, 2019

Ponyo was such a cute, lighthearted movie that made me smile the whole time. The writing was so well done and all of the animation looked really good, I personally think that the quality was ahead of its time. I loved how all of the characters were written, my favourite character would probably have to be Sosuke. The way he cared for Ponyo was so cute and he was even worried about Ponyo when she was gone. I loved how Ponyo's father turned around his views to make his daughter happy. Overall, Ponyo was an amazing film and I would totally suggest it for anyone who wants to watch a cute movie and it would be a great watch for a family movie night.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars!
@Audrey of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Ponyo is definitely a throwback to my childhood. This movie is wonderful for children to watch and it features a lot of lovable characters! The movie itself is breathtaking, from the visuals to the food! I personally loved to make some ramen and eat it while watching Ponyo and Sosuke ate theirs. This movie has a lot of talented voice actors which definitely made the movie a lot more fun to watch. This movie may not be for people who don’t like Japanese animation, but I definitely enjoyed it! There is a lot of fantasy and unrealistic things that happen in this movie which is expected from a children’s movie. I would rate this movie a 4 out of 5 stars.
@SpookyCat of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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1aa
Jul 06, 2019

I really liked this film; its much better than that other animated version of the Anderson story made by Disney (Little Mermaid). There is more magic, more uncertainty, less predictability, and its easier to fall under the spell of the story.

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

My husband and I saw this at a 'movie night' so we didn't have a choice in seeing it, but given different circumstances, I wouldn't have picked this film. I thought it would be cute, but it had a few moments that I found were a little much for kids. Granted I don't have kids of my own, but I think it could have been done a little better. In one scene the father informs his son and wife that he won't be able to come home as planned and the wife becomes very irate, even throwing down the dinner into the sink in anger. That scene could have been toned down somewhat. I'm not a fan of Japanese animation but I definitely prefer the "American" Disney movies. Not a lot for me to like in this film, but it was interesting to hear all the celebrity voices.

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Mooseum
Mar 06, 2019

Studio Ghibli animation is always stunning and this is no exception. The underwater scenes and especially the fish are amazing. This is a fairy tale for all ages.

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HannahMarie5080
Feb 01, 2019

Absolutely adorable movie, I will watch it many more times to come.

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Lamented_Dawn
Oct 27, 2018

Studio Ghibli for the win!
TY HAYOA MIYAZAKI

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karebou
Apr 07, 2018

HAM! HAM! HAM!
who doesn't love ponyo?? Such a charming film :)

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Nursebob
Apr 04, 2018

Despite its charming score and visual flourishes (an opening shot of billowing jellyfish floating through a sunlit sea was superb) this is the most Disneyesque, and hence my least favourite, Miyazaki creation. Unlike the childhood insights of "My Neighbour Totoro" and "Spirited Away" which examined the tiny joys and terrors of growing up in the most wonderfully imaginative ways, Ponyo’s rather flat, and at time confusing, presentation seems content to simply dole out the standard lessons in love, hope and responsibility. The timeless sense of magic we’ve come to expect from Miyazaki is missing here, replaced instead by a cuteness overload which gives the film a Saturday Morning Cartoon feel. Nevertheless, the animation remains impeccable and there are more than a few artful touches whether it be a scene of monstrous waves beneath a starlit sky or a gaggle of old ladies rediscovering their youth in an underwater meadow. Too bland for adults, too baffling for the young ones.

SPPL_Paige Mar 20, 2018

Not one of the best for me, but the similarity to the little mermaid concept was enough for me to dwell in and watch it. A family time movie night, is what I'll say. Love the story and the character design.

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samjenks
Feb 13, 2018

Cute Japanese children's film.

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D061145902
Aug 21, 2017

I love Miyazaki's films, but this one is too strange for my taste.

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CEMBER MARIE KAHM
Sep 21, 2016

I had seen many previews to this movie and, at first, it didn't really interest me like Howl's Moving Castle or Kiki's Delivery Service.

After sitting down and watching it with my daughter I found this family movie to be very cute and touching.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 21, 2016

I thought that Disney’s Ponyo was a very interesting story! It is very unique from the typical Disney films, but had a really engaging story line that captured my interest from the start! I loved all of the characters, and thought that they added a lot of cuteness and fun to the film! I think that audiences will really appreciate the creativity and imagination that is present throughout this movie, and really makes this film stand out from others of Disney! The animation style was very unique, which added more intrigue to the film. It is a very memorable movie, and has a great adventure, which is why I would absolutely recommend this film to other viewers! 4/5 -@PenelopeScriptor of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Ponyo on the Cliff is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli. The film tells the story of Ponyo, a goldfish who escapes from the ocean and is rescued by a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke after she is washed ashore while trapped in a glass jar. I enjoyed this movie because it has a lot of magic, more uncertainty, less predictability, and it’s easier to fall under the spell of the story. I would recommend this fairy tale to all ages. It was stunning to watch and this is no exception. It reminded me of any of the Harry Potter movies. Rating: 5/5 @PrettyKitty of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Ponyo on the Cliff is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli. The film tells the story of Ponyo, a goldfish who escapes from the ocean and is rescued by a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke after she is washed ashore while trapped in a glass jar. I enjoyed this movie because it has a lot of magic, more uncertainty, less predictability, and it’s easier to fall under the spell of the story. I would recommend this fairy tale to all ages. It was stunning to watch and this is no exception. It reminded me of any of the Harry Potter movies. Rating: 5/5 @PrettyKitty of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Ponyo is about a goldfish exploring the land above the sea. There she befriends a little boy named Sousuke and they start to develop a friendship. With this friendship Ponyo slowly starts becoming human and continues the adventure on land. I think that this is a great movie for people of all ages. I can see that this film could be more catered to kids but it can be enjoyed at every age. The animation in this film is very cute and easy on the eyes. All the characters are lovable as well as the character designs. Although they are simple it is what makes each individual unique. I would definitely recommend watching this movie! 5/5
@minimonie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Movie “Ponyo” is absolutely the worst anime movie ever.“Ponyo” is an extremely rushed and is very difficult to understand movie. The movie also includes some fantasy such as mermaids and weird ocean creators, but these fantasy characters do not fit in well with the other characters in this movie. In fact, I believe that the fantasy characters actually ruin the whole movie. The plot of this movie is extremely confusing and horrible with a young boy finding an abnormal fish in the ocean and capturing it. The fish then wants to be human and becomes powerful just like her mother and tries to transform into a human. During the middle of the movie, it introduces random characters which makes it even more difficult and confusing to understand. The events that are displayed in the movie were very short and were irrelevant to the actual plot. The movie “Ponyo” does not really express any emotion or mood besides confusion. I believe this movie is for all ages. Overall this movie was a disgrace to all anime or anime movie lovers. Rating 2.5/5
@Chichiro of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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neffie75
May 18, 2016

This movie was lacking- the title character was too childish, the typical Miyzaki environmental message was initially too strong and had no follow through, and despite hinting at bad things that could happen (evil wizard, typhoon) there was no real conflict. I guess this would be great for little kids in that respect, but my sympathies to their parents. The best part of the movie was the drive back to the house during the storm- very suspenseful. But this scene also included the most unrealistic part. Sure, I'm willing to suspend my beliefs and accept there is a wizard who lives in the sea, a fish that can turn into a girl, and the magical protections that are produced, but I just can't accept the fact that Shosuke's mom drove through a couple of feet of raging water without getting washed off the road. Ridiculous.

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muunlight
Dec 28, 2015

This movie was so cute! I heavily enjoyed it.

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GypzyMizzP
Dec 25, 2015

Nice.

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booksmile
Nov 25, 2015

Not my favorite Ghibli, feels more geared to young children, but still really good.

Very nice and talented art. With the wave overflowing everywhere.

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DreDre
Apr 02, 2015

A really cute movie. It was interesting and the animation was spectacular!

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Nursebob
Dec 14, 2014

When 5-year old Sosuke rescues a most unusual goldfish from the beach near his home he has no idea of the danger he’s introduced into the world. As it turns out the small girl-faced creature is the amazing offspring of an embittered marine biologist now operating out of a magical undersea laboratory, and a watery goddess charged with overseeing the oceans’ welfare. Enchanted with life above the tideline the little bit of sushi, named “Ponyo” by Sosuke, decides she’d rather be human but her father has different plans for he’s dedicated his life to returning the world’s oceans back to their prehistoric glory with the aid of an enchanted well; a move which will dramatically end all life on land especially those ignorant polluting humans. But in the midst of this mystical eco-showdown there is a glimmer of hope as both Ponyo and Sosuke come to realize that true friendship involves sacrifice. Despite its charming score and visual flourishes (an opening shot of billowing jellyfish floating through a sunlit sea was superb) this is the most Disneyesque, and hence my least favourite, Miyazaki creation. Unlike the piercing insights of My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away which examined the tiny joys and terrors of growing up in the most wonderfully imaginative ways, Ponyo’s rather flat, and at time confusing, presentation seems content to simply dole out the standard lessons in love, hope and responsibility. The timeless sense of magic we’ve come to expect from Miyazaki is missing here, replaced instead by a cuteness overload which gives the film a Saturday Morning Cartoon feel. Nevertheless, the animation remains impeccable and there are more than a few artful touches whether it be a scene of monstrous waves beneath a starlit sky or a gaggle of old ladies rediscovering their youth in an underwater meadow. Too bland for adults, too baffling for the young ones.


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