Under the Sea With Ponyo

I finally got a chance to see Miyazaki’s latest movie Ponyo.  The first word that comes to mind when I think of this movie is “cute.”  Even though it’s target audience is aimed for children, it is enjoyable to watch for adults alike.  If you already saw it and didn’t like it, maybe you should get it touch with your inner childhood.

Ponyo tells the story of girl, half-human/half-sea creature, who lives undersea with her father and many sisters.  It really is hard to explain what she is, since her parent’s also have powers, so for now let’s just say she is a fish.  One day, she goes out for a little joy swim without her father’s knowledge and ends up being found, and saved, by a young boy.  The boy, Sosuke, is thrilled about his new pet fish and names her Ponyo.  The two immediately grow an attachment for one another.  Sosuke discovers that his little fish has powers after Ponyo licks his wound and it heals.  Eventually Ponyo’s father comes for her and takes her back home.  Despite her father’s stern objections, Ponyo insists on being with Sosuke and wants to become a human like him.  She ends up growing arms and legs (side affects from tasting human blood).  With the help of her sisters, she escapes from home and reappears in front of Sosuke as a little girl.  The rest is pretty much a fun adventure with the two characters.

If you haven’t noticed yet, it is loosely based off of the Little Mermaid, yet it’s a lot less romance and a lot more innocent puppy love.  It was unbelievably cute and funny.  There was even a little bit of innocent perverted humor in there (or perhaps I was just watching this with perverted people?).  Of course, Miyazaki is known for fantasy and in Ponyo some of the creatures were geniusly creative.  The only con that comes to mind is that some scenes seemed very slow, but I’m pretty sure those were the moments you were supposed to take in the scenic shots.

The one thing I just loved about this movie was it’s innocence.

My Rating: (4.5/5)

~ by misunderst0od on October 3, 2009.

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