Monday, February 9, 2009
Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea,
Ponyo is a fish, Ponyo's parents are the rulers of the sea, after getting stuck in a jar in her sea (which is becoming quite polluted) Ponyo is saved by Sosuke. Sosuke breaks the jar, and begins to bleed, attracted to the sent of his blood Ponyo tastes it, thus becoming a mermaid. Ponyo likes ham and tea. Ponyo would like to be a real girl... She tries really hard and suddenly grows arms and legs...
I don't wanna give away too much. But Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea, is essentially Hayao Miyazaki's version of The Little Mermaid. It is a story about a boy who finds a fish and decides to keep it as a pet, when the boy is cut rescuing the fish it gets a taste of human blood thus making it a mermaid.
Soon the boy discovers that the fish can talk (as kind of a side effect to the whole mermaid thing I think). Ponyo now desires to be a human, and slowly begins to transform into one. In order to become a full human, Sosuke has to be deemed a faithful boy who will never leave Ponyo's side.
The movie has very strong enviormental influence as most of Miyazaki's movies do, and there is a small Nature v. Man conflict that isn't focused on much, but is definietly there... (Ponyo's father hates the humans and thinks they are disgusting and vile) after all they are polluting his waters.
This movie is heartfelt, and warm, and makes you wanna cry sometimes with the amount of happiness in it. All in all really good for the entire family.