Ponyo – Movie Review
An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.
PONYO: Is out of the Japanese school of anime and it is a completely different look at animation than for example the Princess and the Frog or The Little Mermaid. One of the reasons I mentioned The Little Mermaid is this is a story very much like it. The voice talents are Tina Fey, Betty White, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, so some really wonderful voices here. As I said this movie was made in Japan, and my guess is that each country has different people doing the voices because they can, it’s animation, what a good idea. So each country can have the characters sound like their characters, even though they didn’t change the names, the names are obviously Japanese and some of the scenes are Japanese and some of the sensibility is Japanese. This is the Japanese version, I suppose, of the Little Mermaid, of a fish who wants to become human because she falls in love. In this particular case she falls in love not with a handsome prince but with a five-year-old. The father is the usual possessive father and the mother is much more generous with her daughter and understanding about love. This is a movie, the animation will absolutely entrance you because it looks so different than American animation. I swear to you there is not one butterfly. There are a lot of sea anemones, and trilobites and coelenterates, and all sorts of whales. It’s a five star movie, it’s really wonderful. Take your kids.