July 11, 2008

Ponyo in Japan.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea "[Hayao] Miyazaki's most beloved film in Japan - Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) (1988) - is also among his easiest to understand," notes Mark Schilling in the Japan Times. "His latest feature animation, Gake no Ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea), exceeds even Totoro in simplicity, with a core target audience about as old as its hero - 5. This is not to say that those who have mastered hiragana (or the alphabet) will be bored, as long as they leave their expectations for the usual Miyazaki film at the door. Miyazaki has made what is for any adult - but especially a 67-year-old anime veteran - an extraordinary leap: In Ponyo he is not just telling a story to tikes, but imaginatively becoming one himself."

Via New York's Vulture, which has video and stills.

See also: Wikipedia.

Update, 7/12: "This September the legendary filmmaker and Pixar have joined forces for the non profit organization Totoro No Furusato National Fund to help fund the on going battle to save Totoro Forest." Swarez has details at Twitch.

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Posted by dwhudson at July 11, 2008 2:12 PM


I really love this series, and it baffles me how in Japan manga does so well, but Disney saw no place for it in its studios anymore.

Posted by: okinawa at July 12, 2008 4:06 AM