Browning Cinema

Ponyo (2008)

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Ponyo Professor Pfinklepfunder’s Family Films
Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
With Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson
Rated G, 101 minutes, DCP

One of the sweetest Miyazaki films, stuffed full with symbolism and metaphor while remaining very accessible to young audiences. The plot, like many Miyazaki films, is pretty trippy with hints of The Little Mermaid storyline. During a forbidden excursion to see the surface world, a goldfish princess encounters a human boy named Sosuke, who gives her the name Ponyo.

Ponyo longs to become human, and as her friendship with Sosuke grows, she becomes more humanlike. Ponyo's father brings her back to their ocean kingdom, but so strong is Ponyo's wish to live on the surface that she breaks free, and in the process, spills a collection of magical elixirs that endanger Sosuke's village.






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