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Ponyo: a Studio Ghibli fairy tale

Score 75%

I’ve only watched a few anime and most of those were films by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The reason is that he never disappoints. From Princess Mononoke to Spirited Away, the acclaimed master always manages to take us on the most magical journey. Forget Disney, Miyazaki will show you the way to the magic kingdom.

Ponyo is his ninth movie and it’s a masterpiece; prepare to be transported to an amazing world of water.


A friendship that will bring tears to your eyes.

Ponyo is a goldfish princess. One day she escapes from her father’s care and embarks on a journey to the surface. There she meets a young boy named Sosuke. Their friendship is instant.

Ponyo yearns to become human to be able to stay with Sosuke and as their bond grows so does her human features.

However, Ponyo risks upsetting the balance of nature and only her mother, the beautiful sea goddess can help. Will it be too late?

Check out the Graphic Novels:

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Ponyo wants ham!


Still, the hand-drawn animation is mesmerizing and this more innocent approach has appeal. Ponyo lacks the epic message that Miyazaki is known for but we gain a simpler, visually enthralling fairy tale. The natural world, its tumults and fragility brings magic to our living room.



Summary The acclaimed anime master, Miyazaki, is back for its ninth movie. Even though I believe it is aimed at a younger audience, it is still a work of art. This Little Mermaid-like fairy tale will delight everyone. Enjoy!

Miyazaki masterpiece

About The Author

Jen P

Hi, my name is Jen and I work at the Spearwood Public Library. I help with the Home Library Service and take care of the new items that come in. I love movies so if you need help choosing one don't hesitate to come and ask me.

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