(Gake no ue no Ponyo)
Recommended for ages 5 & up
A movie for anyone who, like Miyazaki, can still happily commune with his inner five-year-old.Scott Foundas, Village Voice
Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Tina Fey,
Hayao Miyazaki heads offshore for this ecstatic fairy tale of a little goldfish princess who dreams of becoming a human girl, and the small boy who becomes her friend. Underneath a raging Japanese sea there lives little Ponyo, a half-human, half-fish girl, and her wizard father, who hates trash-strewing humans. On the cliffs above them lives Sosuke, a polite young boy who lives with his strong-willed mother. As their friendship grows—and as Ponyo turns more human—the seas begin to transform, threatening Sosuke’s little island—and these two new friends—with destruction. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Ponyo features the voice talents of Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Betty White, and others, and blends the storytelling finesse of a classic fable with Miyazaki’s deep love for the environment and his trademark modern, fresh heroines, all strong, willful, and utterly lovable.