Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Miyazaki's PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA on it's way to U.S. shores this summer!

By: JaysQ

The new animated epic from Hayao Miyazaki has FINALLY been given the U.S. release date of August 14, 2009 and I couldn't be more thrilled. The film which is titled PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA was originally released by Toho on July 19, 2008, in theaters across Japan and on 481 screens, breaking the record for domestic films. It is definitely much anticipated, but I don't even hold the slightest doubt it will surpass expectations.

The story centers around a young fish girl named Ponyo after she's run away from her home in the sea. She gets stranded on the shore and is rescued by a young boy named Sosuke who lives on a nearby cliff. They both quickly take a liking towards each other, but inevitably Ponyo's father comes looking for her and takes her away, causing sadness for both. I don't want to give any more of the plot away because the aspects of innocence and discovery are what Miyazaki films are all about.

Some of the voice talented attached to the film include Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas (the only likable Jonas brother)as Ponyo and Sosuke respectively. In addition we have Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin and Betty White all voicing characters.

As a hardcore fan of Mr. Miyazaki's work, I have been frothing at the mouth in yearning for Ponyo for some time now. From what I've seen so far (which intentionally hasn't been much for the reason I stated above)this looks to include all the visual and narrative beauty combined with all the awe-inspiring weirdness that I've come to expect from the master's imagination. You can count on me to be there opening night for this one.

Here is some video of Ponyo, looks delightfully strange doesn't it?


  1. Miyazaki is a damn genious. This is sure to please.

  2. You are a nerd if you are looking forward to this POS