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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Updated on October 17, 2014

Enter Ponyo's Magical World

A wonderful movie for kids and adults, Ponyo is a magical journey about a fish girl and her human friend from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki. Hayao Miyazaki is the creator of Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service, as well as many other wonderful movies.

As in all of his movies, Miyazaki is amazingly creative and delivers the story with flair and intelligence. Watch this beautiful tale be told by a master and be prepared to be wowed.

The Story of Ponyo

A Short Synopsis of the Film

Ponyo is an animated tale of boy meets girl. Sosuke is a 5 year-old boy who stumbles upon a bottle on the shore. Stuck inside the bottle is a little goldfish.

Sosuke takes a liking to the goldfish so he names her Ponyo and takes her home. What Sosuke doesn't know though is that Ponyo isn't a normal little fish. She's actually a magical being and her father, Fujimoto, is looking for her.

Fujimoto uses to his magic to make Ponyo return to him and her sisters where Ponyo tells him that she wants to go back and become human so she can be with Sosuke. Fujimoto leaves to find Ponyo's mother, Granmammare, and while he is gone Ponyo breaks loose, becomes human, and returns to Sosuke and his mother, Lisa. This breaks the natural rules of order, and chaos ensues.

Sosuke and Ponyo eventually have to decide if they truly love each other and whether they should really be together.

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The Original Japanese Version of Ponyo

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea Trailer - Original Japanese Version

Quick Fact

Hayao Miyazaki based the character of Sosuke on his own son Goro Miyazaki, when he was five years old

Japanese Version of Ponyo

Japanese Version of Ponyo
Japanese Version of Ponyo | Source

Quick Tip

See if you can spot a reference to another Miyazaki film while watching the Ponyo movie

Voices of the Japanese Version

In the Japanese version of Ponyo the voice of Ponyo was preformed by Yuria Nara. Hiroki Doi did Sosuke's voice. Jôji Tokoro was Fujimoto, and Tomoko Yamaguchi was Risa.

Quick Fact

Ponyo was both written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo Advertisement in Japan

Ponyo Movie Advertisement in Japan
Ponyo Movie Advertisement in Japan | Source

Quick Fact

Ponyo is loosely based on The Little Mermaid

Ponyo Dolls in Japan

Ponyo Dolls in Japan
Ponyo Dolls in Japan | Source

The New American Version of Ponyo

Ponyo Trailer

Quick Fact

Melissa Matheson wrote ET as well as the script for the American version of Ponyo

Ponyo with Other Disney Princesses

Ponyo Doll with Disney Princesses
Ponyo Doll with Disney Princesses | Source

Quick Fact

Miyazaki decided not to use CG and instead went back to hand drawn cel animation. He used more than 160,000 cels in the movie.

The Art of Ponyo

The Art of Ponyo on the Cliff is a wonderful book featuring artwork from the film.

The book is recommended for ages 9-12, though I think everyone can appreciate the art in this 268 page paperback.

Quick Fact

Ponyo uses a watercolor & pastel-like animation style

Disney Ponyo Stars


Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus is the younger sister to Miley Cyrus, the star of Hannah Montana.

Both of the girls are the daughters of Billy Ray Cyrus, who was famous for his country song, Achy Breaky Heart.

Noah does the voice of Ponyo.

This is her first major role, though she has done guest spots in several episodes of Hannah Montana as well as adding her voice to an episode of The Emperor's New School.

I'm sure we'll see more of this spunky young lady in the future.


Frankie Jonas

Frankie Jonas does the voice of Sosuke in the Disney version of Ponyo.

Frankie is the little brother to the famous Jonas Brothers.

Though he has a reoccurring role in his brothers' show, Jonas, this is Frankie's first major role though I'm sure it won't be his last.

Liam Neeson


Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson is a famous movie star.

He has starred in such films as Schindler's List, Nell, Rob Roy, and Star Wars.

Liam does the voice of Fujimoto who is the father of Ponyo.

Quick Fact

The opening 12 seconds of Ponyo, involving vast schools of fish and undersea creatures, required 1613 pages of conceptual sketches to develop

At the Ponyo Premiere

Quick Fact

Ponyo was released on July 19th, 2008 in Japan and on August 14th, 2009 in the United States

The Ponyo Theme Song

Japanese Ponyo Song

Ponyo Soundtrack - Import

This CD includes 36 tracks from the Japanese version of Ponyo

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Hear the beautiful music of the Japanese version of Ponyo


Quick Fact

Toki, the bitter old lady in the rest home, is actually an affectionate homage to Miyazaki's mother (as was the mom in Tonari no Totoro).

Ponyo Title Song - The Theme Song of Ponyo

The complete Ponyo title song in English, sung by Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas.

Other Ponyo Fun

Ponyo Is Also Known As

Ponyo Is Also Known As

Ponyo in the USA

Ponyo on the Cliff International (informal literal title) (English title)

Küçük deniz kizi ponyo in Turkey

Ponyo på klippen ved havet in Norway

Ponyo y el secreto de la sirenita in Argentina

Ponyo sur la falaise in France

Ponyo sulla scogliera in Italy

Ponyo rantakalliolla in Finland

Ponyo à Beira-Mar in Portugal

Ponyo das verzauberte Goldfischmädchen in Germany

Ponyo en el acantilado in Spain

Ponyo on Parade


Ponyo at Comic Con


Quick Fact

Ponyo was produced by Studio Ghibli

Movie Awards for Ponyo

2008 Venice Film Festival

Won the Future Film Festival Digital Award - Special Mention

Won the Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award

Nominated for the Golden Lion

2009 Mainichi Film Concours

Won the Ofuji Noburo Award

2009 Awards of the Japanese Academy

Won the Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Animation Film

Won the Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Film Score Joe Hisaishi

2009 Asian Film Awards

Won the Asian Film Award for Best Composer Joe Hisaishi

Nominated for the Asian Film Award for Best Director Hayao Miyazaki

Nominated for the Asian Film Award for Best Film

What Do You Think of Ponyo?

Have you seen Ponyo? Enjoy this style of animation? Or just want to see the movie? Let everyone know by adding a comment to the duel below.

What Do You Think of Ponyo?

It's adorable!

It's adorable!

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    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Ponyo is the greatest movie ive ever seen and cannot compare with anything else I litteraly defend the movie ,whenever someone makes a rude remark a simple slap and their opinom has changed but i do feel bad for having yo defend ponyo (The single greatest masterpeice ever) with such violent behavior

    • Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I watched Ponyo recently and thought it was beautiful.

    • shwetashah 7 years ago

      I loved it

    I don't like it!

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      Ponyo Picture Book

      Though anyone can enjoy this film-tie-in picture book, it is recommended for ages 9-12. It is a hardcover and 152 pages long.

      Quick Fact

      Sousuke's father works aboard a ship named the Koganei Maru. Koganei is the town in Western Tokyo where Studio Ghibli is located

      Hayao Miyazaki

      Ponyo Compared to Other Miyazaki Films

      Ponyo has the same style as most of Hayao Miyazaki's other films.

      The sense of wonder, beautiful artwork, and imaginative story are all there, as are Miyazaki's other trademarks, reminders of humanity's relationship to nature and a strong, independent girl in a leading role.

      Ponyo isn't quite up to Miyazaki's usual caliber though. It is just as beautifully made, with incredible artistry, but the story line seems toned down. Instead of his usual intense style, Ponyo is a bit milder, which accounts for its G-rating.

      If you are a devoted Miyazaki fan, you may feel disappointed in the film, but for those with only a glancing appreciation of his work, Ponyo is impressive.

      It is not a bad movie in any way, but if normal Miyazaki films are a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10, Ponyo is a 9.

      The Rough Guide to Anime

      The Rough Guide to Anime 1 (Rough Guide Reference)
      The Rough Guide to Anime 1 (Rough Guide Reference)

      Learn more about Hayao Miyazaki's other films as well as many other wonderful Japanese creations in this fascinating book.


      Hayao Miyazaki on the Disney Panel at Comic-Con 2009

      Quick Fact

      Ponyo is 100 minutes long

      Some of Miyazaki's Other Creations

      These other films by Hayao Miyazaki are wonderful animated adventures as well

      Miyazaki 6 Pack

      Get many of Hayao Miyazaki's wonderful films in this DVD set. Containing Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, this set is great for the Hayao Miyazaki fan.

      The Best of Miyazaki Collection (9 Pack)

      Get even more of Miyazaki's animated adventures in this 9 DVD set. Containing 9 of his best films on 18 DVDs, you'll get nearly 16 hours of animated genius.

      Get Your Favorite Style of Ponyo

      Whether it's Blue-Ray or regular DVD, get your favorite version of Ponyo here.

      Love Ponyo?

      Have you seen Ponyo? Love Hayao Miyazaki's work? Leave a comment down below and let me know you stopped by :-)

      © 2009 Alisha Vargas

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Wow, you have done a lot of work on this one. Great job!

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          GrowWear 7 years ago

          Great review! I think Ponyo will be a huge hit. Love the artwork!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

          This is a great lens and it is very colorful! I might just have to slip into the theater and see the show.

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          shwetashah 7 years ago

          Love your presentation the way you explained the Ponyo. We are not aware about it in India. So I really found Ponyo interesting and the information are complete wikipedia.

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          Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

          Beautiful lens!

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          Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

          Really Great Review. My children crowded around when I was watching the trailer. I suspect the movie will be very successful, the animation is amazing. Love it! 5*

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          Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

          Nice collection of Ponyo information.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          My daughters love this movie. They have watched the first part, but fell asleep. I hope they will finish it someday. I was a little confused when Ponyo developed chicken legs instead of fish feet. The beautiful artwork is beautfiful and reminds me of my many visits to Japan. Next time I am there, I must definitely look Ponyo up for a visit. I was also fascitnated by the boat that worked with a candle. I'm not sure that children of that age should be able to use candles by themselves, but it is not my story now is it? The mother needs to attend a driving course soon which will help her in future water driving. Whoever created this movie should really be proud of themselves and sleep well knowing Ponyo is safe. I don't like the mean lady at the retirement home. I bet her children are mean too. Ponyo should have brought some of her sisters to the island too, the party would have been much bigger. Maybe the mother didn't have enough ham. Ponyo's Dad has some very interesting clothes. It has made me question my own wardrobe and want to update some of the things I wear. I was wondering if Ponyo's mother home schools. Sousuke should be careful when dragging Ponyo out of the lake. He could have damaged her face. We love the movie and can't wait for it to come out on DVD. Hats off to all the people responsible for this masterpiece.

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          NewtTree 5 years ago

          Ponyo and Totoro were my favorites as a child. It's nice to see them starting to show up again in pop culture!

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