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Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish -- she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human. Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up at… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even when the film feels murky, Miyazaki's painterly eye keeps things afloat"
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"One of the anime master's weaker efforts."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Not as profound as Miyazaki's other works, but the fact that an animated children's film actually has the brains to go for larger, resonant themes is worth congratulation."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Apart from the ecofriendly message, we have, as always, Miyazaki's magnificently inventive animation, which is almost enough to carry the day."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"For once, Japan's animation maestro is all at sea."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"We're drawn under the waves of the sea to a hidden enclave of neon-hued aqualife more vibrant, surreal and enchanting than any of the floating 3D whatsits in 'Avatar'."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Ponyo hasn't changed my mind about Miyazaki. But I'm willing to accept and enjoy this little window into the dream life of fish."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Miyazaki's ode to motherhood; the sea is the greatest nurturer of all. The underwater sequences are some of Ghibli's most luminous, complex reflections of nature's teeming beauty."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"There's still plenty of gorgeous eye-candy to keep adults going if they've taken their kids along for some unthreatening entertainment."
‑ Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy
"A sweet love story about a boy and his fish, Ponyo is a weird yet wonderful children's fantasy, and marks another milestone in the career of Hayao Miyazaki."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Children will love this. It's classic Miyazaki."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"I liked that it wasn't bound by the conventions of normal storytelling and I loved seeing a film that is just hand drawn animation."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The fantasy elements are so seamlessly blended with real elements. There is very little disbelief by the characters, and you want to believe yourself by the end."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Let's say you have a five-year-old child who's not all caught up in the details of boring, mundane reality. Here's that kid's new favorite movie."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"A charming hand-drawn Japanese spin on Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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