Rated: G

Distributed By:

Walt Disney Pictures

Directed by:

Hayao Miyazaki

Starring:

Voices of Noah Lindsey Cyrus as Ponyo; Frankie Jonas as Sosuke; Tina Fey as Lisa; Matt Damon as Koichi; Liam Neeson as Fujimoto; Cate Blanchett as Gran Mamare; Betty White as Noriko; Cloris Leachman as Yoshie; Lily Tomlin as Toki

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Plugged In Online

Ponyo

Ponyo is the 5-year-old daughter of a sorcerer and a sea goddess. She has a fish body, a fairly human face and a powerful curiosity about the human world. So one watery day, she heads to the surface and meets Sosuke. 

He mistakes Ponyo for a goldfish, and the two forge a friendship—until Ponyo's father suddenly sweeps in and takes her back to the ocean floor. But Ponyo's adventure has changed the world and sparked an environmental catastrophe. Ponyo is determined to become fully human and find her best friend, which in the end will help to fix the earth's problems.

Like other films from director Hayao Miyazaki, this movie contains many Eastern religious references, which can be seen in Ponyo's magical family. On the human side of things, Sosuke's parents have some marital issues, and Sosuke's mother proves to be kind of flaky. She yells at her husband and the two don't get along very well. While there is little actual violence, some scenes get pretty intense.

Throughout the film, Sosuke proves to be the kindest, bravest, most considerate 5-year-old you've ever met. He takes care of his mom, dad and Ponyo when they are in trouble. Ponyo is loaded with positive messages and largely avoids violence and foul language—just a little name-calling. Imagination and responsibility are encouraged in this film steeped in Far East folklore.

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