Acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) returns for his ninth animated feature with Ponyo, which deals with a friendship between a five-year-old boy and a goldfish princess who yearns to be human. The daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo is no ordinary goldfish - she has all the magic of the sea at her disposal. But when five-year-old Sosuke befriends the spunky little fish near the seaside home he shares with his mother and father, a special connection sparks between the two children, and Ponyo becomes determined to become human. Transforming into a little girl, Ponyo shows up at Sosuke's doorstep, delighted to make herself at home with her new land-dwelling family. But having a magical fish princess walking around on dry land begins setting the mystical balance of the world off kilter, and even though the innocent love Ponyo feels for her dear friend is strong, it will take some help from the greatest powers in the ocean to make things right again.
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Once in a while a film comes along that is entertaining in its simplicity and rich in characters; Ponyo is such a film. An updated version of The Little Mermaid yet even as you watch that barely registers, as the story and characters are original and unique on their own. The animation is 2-d yet could easily go toe to toe with any pixar movie as it is simply breathtaking. Check out the storm scenes; wonderfully drawn and bold and ambitious, yet at the heart of this is the simple story of boy and girl who meet and become best of friends and simply wish to stay together. It is the perfect reminder of what being a child used to feel like and comes highly recommended from a mum, dad and a 4 and 7 year old!