Last weekend, Paul and I watched "Ponyo" (2008), a really amazing kids movie from Hayao Miyazaki. He's a rather famous japanese director/animator. who made the oscar-winning "Spirited Away"(2001).
Ponyo is the story of a magical fish who wants to become human. Her father is an evil magician, her mother is some kind of giant sea-goddess.
We both really enjoyed it a lot. This will be the second children's anime that we've thought was awesome, which kinda confirms that we're a mere step away from wearing cat ears and stuff. Wanna make something of it?
I think that what makes this movie so satisfying is that it doesn't dumb anything down. or sugar coat things. There's a relaxed realism to the setting, the family dynamics, and the reality of dangerous situations. However, the great magical realism the story uses makes things light, fantastical and interesting.
The only thing inexplicable about this otherwise beautiful movie is the discordant "Ponyo Theme Song", by Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas.
These lyrics make no sense. "Munch and Munch, Kiss and Hug?"
The nepotism twins also voiced the main characters, Ponyo and Sosuke. Check this out:
(As Noah Cyrus) Really?
Also, Tina Fey does a really good job voicing the mom character. It's a beautiful movie with a really interesting story. My favorite part was when Ponyo reacts to ham.
Also Also, Betty White does a voice in this movie. If you're not sick of her yet!
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