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Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

2008

Japan

100 minutes

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Ponyo

Ponyo is a fish-girl who lives in an underwater castle with her father and several sisters. Wanting to see more of the world, she floats away on the back of a jellyfish and finds herself stranded on the shore of a small fishing village, where she is rescued by a 5-year-old boy named Sosuke. Falling in love with Sosuke, Ponyo determines to transform herself into a human using her father's magic—but the forces she unleashes throw the natural balance out of order, resulting in a massive storm and a life-or-death challenge for Sosuke.

Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid and incorporating the customary Ghibli ecological message, Ponyo marked Hayao Miyazaki's return to more lighthearted fare and a new level of craftsmanship: The intricate animation of the sea and waves (much of it drawn by the director himself) resulted in the production of 170,000 separate images, a record for a Miyazaki film.