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A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true.


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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.

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?

Dec 17, 2020

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

Jan 17, 2020

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Feb 01, 2019

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

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Aug 07, 2013

Sosuke (over the radio to his dad at sea): "I'm taking care of everyone here, dad!" Ponyo: "HHHAAAAAAMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 18, 2012

Sosuke: Mom! Ponyo came back, and she's a little girl now!

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Lisa: I say we start with dessert and go backwards. It's been a backwards kind of day!

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Ponyo: Ponyo loves Sosuke! I will be a human, too!

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Sosuke: Ponyo, make the candle bigger!

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Noriko: I'd let a fish lick me if it'd get me out of this wheelchair.

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Ponyo: He hates humans! He keeps me in a bubble, so I swam away from home.

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Lisa: So, Ponyo, what's your Dad like?

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Ponyo: Ponyo wants ham!

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Ponyo: Ponyo loves Sosuke!

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Brunhilde is a fish-girl who lives in an aquarium with her father Fujimoto, a wizard, in his underwater castle with numerous smaller sisters. One day, when her father takes her and her siblings on an outing in his four-flippered submarine, Brunhilde is driven by a desire to see even more of the world and floats away on the back of a jellyfish. She ends up stranded on the shore of a small fishing town and is rescued by a boy named Sōsuke, who cuts his finger in the process. She licks his wound when he picks her up, and the wound heals almost instantly. After taking a great liking to her, Sōsuke names her Ponyo and promises to protect her forever. Meanwhile, Fujimoto is looking for his daughter. Upset that she ran away, he believes the humans have now kidnapped her, and he calls his wave spirits to return Ponyo to him. After the wave spirits take Ponyo away, Sōsuke is heartbroken and goes home with his mother, Lisa, who tries to cheer him up, to no avail.


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