Ponyo-(2008) Review: Is This Studio Ghibli Movie Worth Your Time***SPOILERS***?


Ponyo-(2008) is a sweet story that you might also consider to be a Studio Ghibli(you can stream the movie on Netflix) adaptation of The Little Mermaid. But definitely, Ponyo had its own magic and charm that makes it quite a rewatchable movie to be sure. It is the 2008 Studio Ghibli release that showcases the pure form of love that a boy and girl shares in the plot.

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So, have you watched Ponyo? If Yes, what made you love the movie? Also, if not, what are you waiting for? Do tell us everything in the comment box.

Ponyo-(2008) Review/ Source- Studio Ghibli
Ponyo-(2008) Review/ Source- Studio Ghibli

But for now, let us reason out whether should we be watching Ponyo or not?

Ponyo-(2008): The Cast

  • Ponyo played by Yuria Nara, Noah Cyrus
  • Sosuke played by Hiroki Doi, Frankie Jonas
  • Lisa played by tomoko Yamaguchi, Tina Fey
  • Koichi played by Kazushige Nagashima, Matt Damon
  • Gran Mamare played by Yuki Amami, Cate Blanchet
  • Fujimoto played by George Tokoro, Liam Neeson

Things That You Might Like About Ponyo-(2008)

The Characters

The characters included in the movie, are some of the significant human portrayals that you will enjoy. Even the leading kids of the film, display some quality attributes which you would appreciate. They are warm, pure, innocent humans whom you will like and definitely love. The ladies in the movie are some of the strong women characters too. They are determined, strong-willed, brave, and very much focused. Additionally, we watch the males being soft, gentle, and simply charming. Both Sosuke and her father know, how to melt their favorite lady’s(Lisa’s) heart, right? We also find Fujimoto, to be a warm soul, as the plot advances.

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The Music

The proper musicals, tuned to style the sequences, proved mesmerizing, isn’t it? They were apt, deep, sweet, and certainly melodious, thus they made the movie amazing. So, have you heard the ending OST of Ponyo?

Ponyo-(2008) Review/ Source- Studio Ghibli
Ponyo-(2008) Review/ Source- Studio Ghibli

The Story

The story of this fantasy Studio Ghibli project narrates an adventuresome quest of a rebel kid Ponyo who could not care less to leave her home and meet the boy who loved and cherished their very little time, Sosuke. She just wants to stay with the human kid, and enjoy some good times like whatever life introduces her on her journey in the human realm.

The story might seem very natural, but the hidden small things like the sweet romance between the parents, the topic of good parenting, the concerned caretakers, and definitely the warm and cordial friendship that blossoms and grows deep with the plot is what Ponyo stores.

Another underlying issue that Ponyo narrates is that, humans inadvertently are damaging the natural ecosystem, which one may find common in every Studio Ghibli movie, right?

The Visuals

Ponyo projects a very minimalistic graphics which prominently look like crayon paintings by some talented kid. Still, the production team ended up styling the background with some mesmerizing visuals. They were aesthetically pleasant and too delightful to the eyes. Basically, the visuals are bright, pleasant, enigmatic, detailed, fresh, and also enticing.

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The Direction

The movie is directed by none other than Hayao Miyazaki who once again proved his celibacy in simplistic yet strong directorial skill. Each of the nooks and corners of the narrative gets detailed which pretty much amplifies the story thus making it a great watch and notably different from The Little Mermaid storyline.

Things You Might Not Like About Ponyo-(2008)

The Constant Clashes

Fujimoto was undoubtedly one of the sweetest characters in the movie however he did not share a good bond with his daughters. Ponyo being the eldest showed too many issues with him. Yes, she was just a kid, but watching a loving father getting wronged all the time might make you not happy.

Ponyo-(2008) Review/ Source- Studio Ghibli
Ponyo-(2008) Review/ Source- Studio Ghibli

TOTT’s Take On Ponyo-(2008)

Ponyo is simply a good and nice plot that has the power to change your mood to a happy one. You will love Sosuke, more than Ponyo for sure, and the happy ending of the movie is something that will delight your heart to the fullest too.

TOTT rates the movie and gives it 5/5 stars.

So, do you agree with our review? What do you think about this warm and friendly story? Do tell us everything in the comment section below.

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