I was so excited for this movie release.
I loved Spirited Away by Academy Award winning director Hayao Miyakazi and his latest film, Ponyo was suppose to be inspired by my favorite Hans Christian fairytale "The Little Mermaid." This sounded like the ideal Disney movie experience for me. Throw in extremely talented voice talents and Disney should have a winner right?
Yes and no. I will be honest I loved most of the movie but the ending really disappointed me.
Ponyo is the story of a little goldfish (Noah Cyrus, Miley’s sister) who wants to become a little girl after meeting Sosuke (Frankie Jonas, the youngest of the Jonas brothers, not part of the three that are the band) despite the wishes of her ocean sorcerer father, Fujimoto (Liam Neeson). Sosuke and his mother Lisa (Tiny Fey) live in a small house on top of a hill while his Captain Father (Matt Damon) is away at sea.
This film is pure magic.
The story is so cute and the characters are so endearing but the actual plot falls apart at the end.
This is not only an adventure of a magical goldfish but also a story of a small dock town hit by a hurricane as a result of Ponyo’s enchanting escape from her father. You see how this small community bands together to survive and there are some very Green undertones as you hear Fujimoto complain about how "disgusting and wasteful humans are." After this magical adventure the ending fell a bit flat with no real satisfactory resolution. I am what 5 year old is interested in true love. I expected more from Miyakazi and Disney.
Aside from the ending, the graphics are quite beautiful. The color and attention to details of marine life were so visually beautiful that I was just mesmerized. Your children are going to love the historic sea animals. Miyakazi takes the viewer on a magical trip into his creative imagination and in turn expands your imagination to believe in the impossible. The ingenuity and the artistic visuals reminded me how much I love Miyakazi animation which has its own unique style. Some scenes like the Ponyo jumping giant fish and causing a tidal wave just left me awestruck.
Other accredited voice talents were Cate Blanchett as the Goddess Gran Mamare and Lily Tomlin, Betty White and Cloris Leachman as three old biddies that Lisa takes care of at the senior center.
Go see the film with your family. Your children will love the visuals and comedy. For adults to enjoy this movie you have to remember a younger you. A time when anything you dreamed was possible. A time when at the age of five you had magical adventures everyday and you will have a magical adventure for two hours with your family.
Divina is a wife, a Mami of 2 boys under the age of four and a full fledged social media butterfly with a Masters in Communications. She loves sharing the best of Disney on TheDisneyFiles.com whether its movies, video games, shopping or the themeparks. In addition to TheDisneyFiles, Divina writes about entertainment, technology and family products on www.DancingHotdogs.com and is a founding mother & partner at Trumpeting Media, a social media consulting company that is dedicated to using social media for social good.