Monday, February 4, 2013
All this week I'll be blogging about my five favorite animated feature films written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, animator, manga artist and screenwriter. He also co-founded Studio Ghibli, one of Japan's most well known animation film studios.
So, today is about my fifth favorite Miyazaki film. 2008's Ponyo is the quintessential Miyazaki film. Set in a contemporary Japanese coastal town, it features his well known mix of realism and fantasy. From IMDB:
An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.
This movie is absolutely adorable. The relationship between Sosuke and Ponyo is brimming with adventure, and that tender kind of love that only comes with first friendships. There is an underlying environmental theme, but it's subtle, and the magic that occurs throughout the tale feels just right, with only a hint of the seriousness of it all hovering beneath the surface.
I could go on forever about this film, as I could for all Miyazaki features, but I'll just leave you with the trailer, so you can all get back to your days:
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