Ponyo (2009)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While not Miyazaki's best film, Ponyo is a visually stunning fairy tale that's a sweetly poetic treat for children of all ages.

Rafer Guzman

Even when the film feels murky, Miyazaki's painterly eye keeps things afloat

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

One of the anime master's weaker efforts.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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'.

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Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Children will love this. It's classic Miyazaki.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

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.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhes
A very adorable and visually beautiful hand-drawn animation by master Hayao Miyazaki, who goes for a more innocent and simpler approach to tell this story… More
Albert Kim
For American animated movies, the forefront of this genre is obviously Pixar. The studio manages to attract children and adults with its great storytelling,… More
Manu Gino
Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible. Great Animated Film! The film is simultaneously stunning in its beauty and endearing in its simplicity,… More
Randy Tippy
Beautiful, imaginative and utterly adorable.
Christopher Heim
A cute, magical, and visually enthralling 'The Little Mermaid'-esque fairy tale from the master himself, Hayao Miyazaki. A sweet and invigorating ride… More
Melvin White
Sosuke: Mom! Ponyo came back, and she's a little girl now! "Welcome To A World Where Anything Is Possible." Ponyo, simply put, is one of… More