Ponyo [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2008]

  • SKU: 9738826
  • Release Date: 03/02/2010
  • Rating: G
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (413 out of 420)

Special Features


  • Disc -1 blu-ray:
  • The World of Ghibli - Visit Ponyo in this extraordinary interactive experience!
  • Enter the Lands - Meet the characters and hear the story of the movie
  • Behind the studio - Discover the film's inspiration through documentaries, including all-new interviews with Hayao Miyazaki
  • Meet Ponyo - Disc inroduction with the producers
  • Storyboard presentation of the movie

Synopsis


Ponyo
Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish -- she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human. Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up at Sosuke's doorstep, delighted to make herself at home with her new land-dwelling family. But having a magical fish princess walking around on dry land begins setting the mystical balance of the world off kilter, and even though the innocent love Ponyo feels for her dear friend is strong, it will take some help from the greatest powers in the ocean to make things right again. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    Frankie Jonas - Sosuke (English Version)
  • Tina Fey
    Tina Fey - Lisa (English Version)
  • Tomoko Yamaguchi
    Tomoko Yamaguchi - Lisa
  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - Koichi (English Version)
  • Cate Blanchett
    Cate Blanchett - Gran Mamare (English Version)



Customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GKIDS Honors Studio Ghibli

    Posted
    SIndyTim
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    Many of you may be wondering the same thing I was when these releases hit stores. Are these Blu-rays an upgrade over the Disney releases? They are, in my opinion. However, are they worth purchasing again? Probably not. But, for hardcore fans, maybe. Here's why. First, picture quality. GKIDS has completed new 4K scans for these Blu-rays. In my opinion, it shows. The image is a bit cleaner. The details and colors do differ in some respects from the Disney releases. In comparing some scenes from Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky, and Princess Mononoke, I prefer the GKIDS releases. Is it a huge difference? No. But it is there. The reds are more intense and look red, not orange. And in Nausicaaa, the colors differ in scenes from the Disney Blu-rays. Actual color grading differences. Plus, the GIDS releases have more shadow details. The packaging and presentation on these releases tops Disney's with ease. The slipcovers are beautiful, with many of the releases using the same artwork as previous releases, with some exceptions, like Princess Mononoke. I also prefer the Nausicaa art here over Disney's. Each release is in a quality keepcase (not eco case) with art inside the back cover, so that when you open the case, you see a beautiful image from the film. The discs have art on them as well. I prefer the design on the GKIDS discs over Disney's, although, the Disney DVDs sometimes had very nice art as well. Lastly, the GKIDS releases also come with a small booklet that has some art and words from the creators behind the films. The menus on the GKIDS releases fall short of the Disney releases. They are not animated. There is no music. But, they are clean and simple. It would have been nice to have at least had music playing in the background like the Disney releases. Some releases include new extras. Many, if not all, extras from the Disney releases are ported over, but some may not be HD, as is the case on Nausicaa. As you can see from the descriptions, the Disney dubs are ported over to these releases as well. Plus, you get Japanese audio tracks, although, I have not confirmed if these are the original Japanese audio tracks, as I know that was a problem on some previous releases. Overall, I prefer the GKIDS Blu-rays, but if you have the Disney releases, you probably should save your money. However, if you're like me and you love the films and want the best presentation possible (video and packaging) and you find them on good sale, like they were on release at Best Buy, then it may be worth it to you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A creative, intelligent take on an environmental t

    Posted
    MikeSF88
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    The ocean is a good subject for Hayao Miyazaki, who often threads environmentally-conscious messages into his stories. In "Ponyo" the issue of humanity's impact on the sea takes on the creative and unexpected form of an explosive oceanic revival, rather than a slow, ugly degradation. Miyazaki's script, as is usual for Studio Ghibli movies, assumes a lot of intelligence on the part of its audience, which includes many children who are perhaps infrequently exposed to topics like the Cambrian period and the moon's gravitational interaction with the ocean. More often than not, animated movies talk down to kids and try to hold their attention with frenetic action and gags. But Miyazaki understands that young people have a great capacity for appreciating wondrous and sublime things, and especially for internalizing fun facts about the world, as anyone who ever went through (or is still in) a dinosaur or a space phase will remember. Thus the kids in "Ponyo," a young boy and a fish who can take the form of a girl, at one point rattle off the names of the long-extinct, Devonian-era creatures gliding beneath their vessel. Water, so pervasive in the story, seems to take on a new texture in every scene, and its different looks convey its diverse qualities from the tranquility of a moonlit sea to the curious physics of bubbles to the inescapable, town-destroying violence of a tsunami. The dramatic tsunami sequence, which plays to a song that sounds like The Ride of the Valkyries, is poignant in light of the destruction that visited Japan a few years after the movie's release.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great fun

    Posted
    XAvenger
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    This is the first North American Blu-Ray release for a Studio Ghibli film! Others are available on Blu-Ray in Japan, so we'll just have to wait for Disney to get around to releasing them here. Ponyo is a delightful movie based loosely on 'The Little Mermaid'. It tells the story of a girl from a magical under-sea kingdom (Ponyo herself) who falls in love with a boy named Sosuke. The two go on a magical adventure together. As with any Studio Ghibli film, the animation and story are outstanding, and the Hi-Def transfer really brings out the quality of the animation, some of the best 2D cel animation around. The extras are the same as on the DVD. There's the 'World of Ghibli' part where you can unlock some clips or some humorous animations or find out which 'Ponyo' character you are the most like. There are also several featurettes on the making of Ponyo, including some input from Hayao Miyazaki, who stands with Walt Disney as one of the most important men in the history of animation. The English dub is not at all good. Most of the dub voice actors are age inappropriate and many cannot pronounce the names correctly. It's pronounced 'Po-nyo' not 'Pon-yo'! The Original Japanese version is much better. This movie looks even better on Blu-Ray and is certainly worth the upgrade. Recommended for any anime fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Delightful

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    XAvenger
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    Ponyo tells the simple tale of a mermaid named Ponyo who befriends a five year old boy named Sosuke. Ponyo and Sosuke go on a magical adventure together as Ponyo tries to become Human. The plot is pretty simple, but it so brilliantly executed. The direction, by Hayao Miyazaki, is fantastic as always. The animation is fluid and colorful, some of the best 2D cel animation made in recent years. The music, by Joe Hisaishi, is great and suits the movie perfectly. The voice-acting, in the Original Japanese version, is superb. All voice-actors are well-cast and do a great job as thier respective characters. In the extras, there are features on the making of Ponyo, including a segment from a documentary about real-world locations that inspired Studio Ghibli films. I want to see the rest of that documentary. There's also input from Miyazaki himself. In the interactive portion, you can find out which Ponyo character you are most like or uncover video clips and animations in the Kiki, Totoro and Castle in the Sky sections. The only downside is the English dub. None of the English voice-actors fit thier roles and many sound age inappropriate. The Japanese cast is infinetly better. Ponyo is magical fun for the entire family. It's a great movie for children and adults can enjoy it as well. See it for yourself and you'll know why Hayao Miyazaki is considered one of the best directors in animation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very underrated Ghibli flim

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    Bryan
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    If you take a poll of people's least favorite Studio Ghibli movie or research it on the internet, Ponyo will always frequently appear. I really disagree. Yes, the story is simple as if told by a child, but the sheer animated beauty and imagination on display is staggering. The backgrounds of this film have the style of a colored pencil sketch, and it's beautiful. The film has both 5.1 English and Japanese audio tracks unlike several of the more recent Ghibli blu-ray releases from Disney which only have 2.0 tracks. The film will grab your attention and keep it through the end which I cannot say about a few other Studio Ghibli movies (e.g. From Up On Poppy Hill). Ponyo is in my top 5 favorite Ghibli movies list. Be warned that your Ponyo copy will likely not come with a slipcover (mine did not). I wish they would indicate this on the product page. One star deducted for that. Also, after watching this film, you will want to eat ramen so have some ready at home. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Departure from Expectations

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    Wodium

    Though I have never read the classic upon which this movie is based, I am genuinely intrigued with Mayazaki's works. That being said, Ponyo's plot is smaller in scale than some of its predecessors. While the events in the movie have certain grand elements, ultimately, the tale revolves around a fairly simple plot. I do not see this as a detractor in any regard, in fact, it allowed me to examine the very colorful and organic backdrop that the movie resides upon. The score and visual elements fascinated me, and are difficult to put into words; again, the word organic comes to mind, as the director crafted commonplace oceanic scenery into something truly alive. Suffice to say, I recommend this movie for any Studio Ghibli fan. Should the viewer simply have an appreciation for creativity in art, they should not be left wanting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Film!

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    StudioGhibliFan
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    "A Crowning example of Hayao Miyazaki's beautiful animations!" Although this film is geared towards a younger audience, each frame is just packed with artistry depicting the watercolor art form, much like Walt Disney's earlier full-length animated films like Pinocchio. Miyazaki's films are breaths of fresh air among the sea of modern animated features that often rely on 3D Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), some at the expense of a great story. Not only does Ponyo, along with the rest of Studio Ghibli's films have a wonderful story of adventure and coming of age, but showcases the beauty and mythology that makes up the best of the Japanese culture. I encourage you to watch this film and all of the best that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli have to offer!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!!

    Posted
    Rocketboy

    I am simply writing the review about the story. Since at the time of this review it's not yet released on Blu-ray/DVD. I saw the original Japanese release and the Engkish release and I love them both. The english voice acting was very good and I loved it. The story is a masterpiece (as exspected from Hayao Miyazaki) I HIGHLY recomend this to everyone, regardless of age. Anime fan or not I say its worth watching at the very least once. The character, colors, story, feel, design, story flow, everything I loved.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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