As you may or may not know, the new Ghibli film, Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (Gake no Ue no Ponyo) recently graced Japanese theatres this July. It is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by Toshio Suzuki, and has a delightful soundtrack from Ghibli veteran Joe Hisaishi. It hopefully should be due for release in the UK in April of 2009.
The story centers around a young female goldfish who decides to run away from her home and family situated deep in the sea. She finds herself washed up on shore and is eventually rescued by a human boy, Sōsuke, who is 5 years old and lives on a cliff near the sea. He decides to call her Ponyo, and they instantly become friends. The narrative then unfolds more when Ponyo’s father comes looking for the young goldfish, and she pleads for him to become human so she can spend her time with Sōsuke, as she has started to fall for him. Here we can see Miyazaki’s need for love in his films coming through as usual. He believes that love can occur at any age and no matter what it can succeed.
“Ponyo places Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid in a contemporary Japanese setting. It is a tale of childhood love and adventure” – Hayao Miyazaki
If you liked My Neighbour Totoro then your more than likely to love this. It’s amazing animation combined with a clever dialogue makes for an incredible view. If you look really close at some images it appears to have been simply coloured in with crayons and pencils, and it makes it seem more childlike, however not in a bad way. The way that colour has been used within Ponyo is a change from usual Ghibli films and shows audiences just how much variation that they can actually achieve. And we can see that if we compare My Neighbours The Yamadas and Ponyo to all other Ghibli films.
Have a look at the trailer below if your still curious. It is in Japanese, however if you don’t speak the language you can still get an idea of the film if you watch closely. Enjoy!
**PONYO OFFICIAL UK RELEASE DATE: HASN’T BEEN CONFIRMED YET. WAS APRIL 3RD BUT IT HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK. WILL UPDATE WHEN I KNOW ANYMORE!**
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