Review of film: “PONYO”
– A Charming animated film about a FISH Out of Water =
Rating: 8 of 10 stars.
Studio Ghibli helped prepare this finely-done Japanese animated film with English-speaking actors doing voice-overs for various characters: LIAM NEESON plays an underwater wizard who controls the creatures there, one of whom is a daughter goldfish (CATE BLANCHETT) who chances to be captured in a pail by a young boy exploring the seaside…
… The hard-to-control daughter has magic powers that allows her to become a HUMAN child who plays with the boy. The boy’s mother (voiced by TINA FEY) helps take care of people in a nursing home, including a bunch of young-spirited elderly women (one of whom is voiced by BETTY WHITE). In time, a huge flood hits the area, and the boy & newly-human girl work to try to find his mother & various other town citizens including the nursing home people…
… The numerous pre-teens in the audience very much ENJOYED the colorful & well-animated story, often talking aloud about it (such as, “Mommy-- she’s a child again!”). The overarching story about “saving” the world is nice, altho weakly explained-- but, for children, this is an ELEGANTLY done concoction they’re likely to enjoy.
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