Ponyo, another amazing film by the team at Studio Ghibli. I watched the Disney english dubbed version with my sister and we both loved it.
Ponyo can technically be considered a love story, and if so, an interesting one. The film opens with Ponyo, who is bigger than her other sisters, swimming out to sea in a very Nemo-esque way. She eventually finds herself washed ashore, ending up in front of a 5 year-old boy, Sōsuke. I don’t want to spoil the story in any way, so I won’t go into any more detail than that. Considering this is a love story, I do question why it has to be between a couple of five year-olds.
The story unveiled slowly (as the movie is technically a children’s movie), following Sōsuke and Ponyo. The pacing felt right for this type of movie, not too fast, but not considerably slow too, like I said, this is a children’s movie, after all. It may be a little too cute at times, but is that necessarily a bad thing?
While this may not be Miyazaki’s best film, it certainly makes use of his excellent anime style that he has perfected over the years. The movie has memorable moments, and certainly a cute story, but, like I said, it may be a little too cute for some. I recommend this movie if you like charming stories or Ghibli films.