From the creators of “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Spirited Away”, Hayao Miyazaki, comes a new tale called “Ponyo”. Released last year in Japan as “Ponyo On the Cliff By The Sea” which is Miyazaki’s version of the “The Little Mermaid”.
As the story goes, a girl fish is washed up ashore and a little boy named Sosuke helps and becomes attached to her. He happily names her Ponyo and Sosuke brings her to school in a bucket to show his friends. Meanwhile, Ponyo’s father (Fujimoto) is outraged and starts looking for her. He finds her and takes her back to the sea with Sosuke saddened. While back in the sea, Ponyo and her father are having fallout and escapes from the sea to land. In the process she uses her father’s magic to make herself into a human. This is where Sosuke and Ponyo’s adventure begins…
Being that this movie is published, not produced by Disney, there will be some translations lost or altered to fit the American audience. Hopefully, they don’t butcher it too much. When you look at the Japanese (above) and the American trailers you can total see a difference in tone. I’m hoping the American version will have the theme song (at least in melody form).
Ponyo will be out in U.S. theaters on August 14, 2009. Don’t forget to check out Miyazaki’s other works of art as well.
Studio Ghibli (Japanese)