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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

When things are plentiful all sins are forgiven, but when the tides are low, things get washed up on shore, it’s not a pretty sight, and not related to this movie, but something that I’ve been thinking about today.

Lee and I saw Ponyo last night at Carmike Cinemas, the movie is kind of pricey this day, it’s $8.50 for adult and $6.50 for children, that’s $15 plus the overpriced popcorn and soda. Almost made you not want to go out to a movie, but I learned something new yesterday, we should have gone on Tuesday instead because they have a Stimulus Tuesday’s program that the theater chain are selling 16 ounce sodas or 46 ounce popcorn for only $1 a piece, not bad at all.

Ponyo in Japanese is translated to Ponyo on the Cliff. The movie that we saw is in English, I wonder if it’d be better in the original version, Japanese with English subtitle, but then it’d be very difficult for Lee to follow. She enjoys the movie, I think it’s right in her alley. As for me, I wish the main characters are a bit older, they’re 5 year old, but living in the world that anything is possible. Perhaps this is the best part about the movie, the beauty of a child’s innocence that most of us adult are lacking this day. Children tend to speak their mind, whether it be love, hate, sad, happiness, or fear, they are not afraid to show their true emotions, something that most of us had lost through the years.

This is Miyazaki’s eighth film for Ghibli, and his tenth overall. Miyazaki’s artwork is beautiful, I absolutely love the peaceful scenery by the ocean, then it turns into madness like human emotions. Ponyo is a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” Already a box-office success in Japan, the plot centers on a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy So-suke and wants to become a human girl, to read more.

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9 thoughts on “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”

  1. Hi Nye,
    I am big fan of Miyazaki’s films. My favorite is “Kiki’s Delivery Service”… love how she learns to be independent and the illustrations are beautiful.

    I was told about Ponyo recently too, but will wait for the DVD release later. The story line does look a bit too imaginative for me. 😉

    p.s.

    “When things are plentiful all sins are forgiven, but when the tides are low, things get washed up on shore, it’s not a pretty sight..” Is that what you are pondering these days? Funny as I am reading “Tulipomania” by Mike Dash and it is along the same line.

    1. Hi Cambree, Kiki’s Delivery Service is also one of my favorites and Lee also. I recently saw Whisper of the Heart that we borrowed from the Library and liked it a lot.

      “When things are plentiful all sins are forgiven, but when the tides are low, things get washed up on shore, it’s not a pretty sight..” Is that what you are pondering these days? Funny as I am reading “Tulipomania” by Mike Dash and it is along the same line.

      It doesn’t apply much to me per se, but I’ve seen so much at my work place, and relationships that don’t work because things are not as plentiful as before, but really when it was plentiful, it was actually a false sense of plentiful and that might be the roots of all problems now. Tulipomania sounds like a good book, I need to put that on my list, it’s getting long now. 🙂

  2. I’m a huge fan of Miyazaki, but I thought the story was somewhat ‘rushed’ toward the end. And also the projector went off at the end of the movie before the credit start rolling:(( I wanted to see the additional scene(s) that Miyazaki sometimes added during the credit.

    My favorite of all Miyazaki would have to be “Howl’s Moving Castle.” I think Sophie is the most ‘mature’ of all Miyazaki’s character, and has the most heart.

    Cambree: did you know that Kirsten Dunst was the voice of Kiki, and Phil Hartman, the cat Gigi?

    1. PaNoy, we saw the 7:30 PM show and when it ended, we didn’t stick around because it was real late, but I noticed that most did stay. I do like the storyline, but it seems a lot deeper than Ponyo and So-suke can comprehend, and I thought if they were a bit older then it might make a lot more sense. Also, I’m not sure what to think of Lisa, leaving a 5 year old at home during the storm, she treated him as if he was a lot more mature, it just didn’t make sense to me. Maybe he’ll have the sequel.

      I like Howl’s Moving Castle also.

  3. My favorite movie has always been “Spirited Away.” I’ve already seen the Japanese version and wanted to watch the English dubbed one. I went to go watch it yesterday, but sadly the projector was broken. T__T So instead I went to watch “District 9” which was a complete waste of my time.

    Oh, I saw a cute little Japanese girl probably around 3 or 4 and she had the little green pail bucket with her. I didn’t understand why she had it and then about 20 minutes later that’s when I figured it out. It was the cutest thing ever! lol I just had to share that. ^^

    1. Hi Julie, Spirited Away is also one of my favorites, but I saw it in English version, I actually saw all Miyazaki films in English, I think it’d be interesting to watch it in the original Japanese version.

      Thanks for sharing the story of the green pail bucket, that’s so cute. I might have to get Lee a green pail bucket when we go to the beach, see what she’d say. 🙂

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