In a small fishing town lives a boy by the name of Sousuke. One day, he finds and become friends with an odd-looking goldfish whom he calls Ponyo. Ponyo turns out to be a magical mermaid who ran away from her father to see what the human world is like. Upon liking him, Ponyo resolves to become a human being and in the process of becoming one, sets off an imbalance in the world. How will Ponyo and Sousuke stay together in light of this curse?
By the Award winning director Hayao Miyazaki, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea portrays a The Little Mermaid, with a lighter touch. The visuals are simplistic drawing and fluid animation that complement each other. Ponyo is so adorable and lovable, even I want to keep her as a pet.
Ponyo is perhaps one of the best Studio Ghibli title in recent years. It’s because the anime wizard Miyazaki Hayao has gone back to the basics, focusing his attention mostly on the two vital aspects of any anime title: the characters and the story. Unlike his two previous movies Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away, Miyazaki takes a simpler approach to Ponyo in terms of two things. Firstly, he gives a lighter touch to the famous fairy tale The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, which results in a simple story that still touches the hearts of viewers. Secondly, he works his magic yet again in creating those familiar wholesome characters with down-to-earth individualities and endearing relationships.
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is a must watch film by Studio Ghibli as it will grab your attention during its first moments.