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Review: "Ponyo" Impresses with Good Plot, Great Visuals

August 25, 2009

In a world of Miley Cyruses, the Jonas Brothers and multiple “High School Musical” movies, is there anything that is both safe for children to enjoy and still palatable for older demographics?

There are few choices, that is for sure, but Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated feature, “Ponyo,” certainly fits the bill. With his newest release, Miyazaki again proves how child-appropriate entertainment can simultaneously captivate older audiences.

“Ponyo” tells the story of a magical goldfish named Ponyo, voiced by Noah Cyrus, who meets a young boy named Sosuke, (Freddie Jonas), as they both learn lessons about fighting for loved ones. Meanwhile, Ponyo’s father, Fujimoto (Liam Neeson), is a misguided wizard who lives in the ocean and tries to protect it from the damage humans inflict upon it. Fujimoto attempts to guard Ponyo from the horrors of the humans, but in the end Sosuke’s love and loyalty to her prove that not all humans are terrible. Read More