Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ponyo (2008)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Voices (English dubbed version): Noah Cyrus, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Cloris Leachman, Frankie Jonas, Lily Tomlin, Betty White. 101 min. Rated G. Japan. Animation.

The Miyazaki style (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle) is very recognizable: A visually stunning animation of bizarre fantasy characters, in a storyline that is probably portraying an abstract philosophical/social concept. Ponyo follows the same lines, but somehow, I found this Miyazaki experience much more visually fulfilling; the scene with Ponyo running atop the huge fishes following the hero's car, is the pinnacle of Japanese animation (the rapid tapping of her wet feet will definitely ring in your ears for awhile). I always enjoy watching Miyazaki's work, and I don't know why. Tell me if you figure it out.

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