Monday, February 4, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki Favorites Part One: Ponyo


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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20 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

I don't really watch those kind of movies, but this looks cute. Thanks for sharing it Matt.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Never really been a fan of Anime

SA Larsenッ said...

The movie does look adorable, and I love that poster!

Elise Fallson said...

Watched Laputa with my kids a few weeks ago and loved it. This is definitely something they'd enjoy too. Can't wait to see what else you got for us this week. (:

Eliza Tilton said...

This was such a weird film. I like his work, but I'm more of a Ninja Scroll type girl. My personal fav of his, Princess Mononoke--but I'm sure you'll get to that one ; )

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I confess I haven't seen this one.

Jay Noel said...

My kids LOVE PONYO!!!!

Can't wait to read the rest of your Miyazaki countdown.

farawayeyes said...

I absolutely adore Ponyo. I'm not familiar with his others films and am anxious to hear about them.

mshatch said...

Absolutely LOVE Miyazaki. I'll be interested to see your five faves :)

Joe Lunievicz said...

Love him too. I've seen Nausicaa, Porco Russo, Totoro, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke. Even the "only" good one's are masterpieces. My favorite so far is Nausicaa (the graphic novel is very cool too).

LTM said...

Oh! Ponyo! This reminds me of watching it in SF with Catherine, who was sick with strep throat. :P We got up in my bed and watched it. Good stuff!~ :o) <3

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SC Author said...

I always wanted to see this :) The name alone (Ponyo) seems tons of fun.

Andrew Leon said...

I think I like Spirited Away best, but, sometimes, it's hard to know. We got Nausicca for Christmas, which we'd seen, but, now, we own it.

Sarah Ahiers said...

the adorableness of Ponyo is just over the top. I love her love of ham.
Can't wait to see your other favs (top three for me are always the same, but the other 2 spots rotate. The Cat Returns is usually in there. And i really loved Arrietty)

Old Kitty said...

I so want to see this!! I must have blinked and missed it in 2008! What's wrong with me!?!? Thanks for the info - off I go to find it now!! take care
x

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Excellent film to spotlight. I love Miyazaki. It's just refreshing to go from our brand of animation to his. I find the animation to have its own charm and there's definitely more going on with the characters.

Jessica Bell said...

That goldfish is adorable. Never heard of this guy. Probably because I don't watch much animation. Maybe I should start ...

Joshua said...

I'm pretty sure I've never seen one of his films.

Elliot B said...

Love his work! Although I will say that you almost have to watch them in Japanese with subtitles to fully appreciate it. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of you list.
Elliot
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