Friday, August 22, 2008

Yo, Ponyo!

Nerds, brace yourself! You're most likely already aware of the new Studio Ghibli project, Gake no ue no Ponyo or, Ponyo on the Cliff By the Sea, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film was release already in Japan this past July, and now I'm anxiously awaiting its UK release, which isn't happening until April 3, 2009. Damn time - I need some mufuggin' 1.21 Jigowatts.

Click "Read More" for the Ponyo plot synopsis and Japanese trailer.

Per usual, I'm too busy/lazy to paraphrase the plot, so here it is from Wikipedia:

The plot is centered on a girl fish who runs away from her home in the sea. She ends up stranded on the shore and is rescued by Sōsuke, a five year old boy who lives on a cliff. Sōsuke names her Ponyo (pronounced "Po-Nyo", not "Pon-Yo") after taking a great liking to her, and promises to protect her forever. Meanwhile, her father, Fujimoto, is looking for his daughter, upset that she ran away. He calls his wave demons and has them take Ponyo back to him, since it seems he has an aversion to land. Sōsuke is heartbroken by this, and goes home crying to his mother, Risa. Risa tries to cheer him up, but to no avail.

Ponyo and her father have a confrontation, where Ponyo refuses her father to call her Brünnhilde and declares she is Ponyo, and voices her want to become human, because she has started to fall in love with Sōsuke. Her father silences her with difficulty and goes to summon Ponyo's mother. Meanwhile, Ponyo, with the help of her sisters, breaks away from her father's barriers, and mixes herself in with his magic, becoming a human girl. This causes an inbalance in the world, which in turn results in a tsunami. Riding on the waves of the tsunami, Ponyo goes back to visit Sōsuke. Risa, Sōsuke, and Ponyo stay the night at Sōsuke's house, hoping the tsunami will be over, whereupon Risa leaves the house to check up on the residents of the nursing home she works at.

Granmammare, Ponyo's mother, arrives to Fujimoto's submarine. Fujimoto notices the moon is deorbited and the satellites are falling like shooting stars. Granmammare declares that if Sōsuke and Ponyo succeed a trial, Ponyo can live as a human, and the world order will be restored.

Sōsuke and Ponyo wake up to find that the most of the land has submerged. Risa has not come home yet, so, with the help of Ponyo's magic, they turn Sōsuke's toy boat to life size and set out to find Risa.
After going through a tunnel, where Ponyo loses her human form and returns to a fish, they arrive to the nursing home and meet Granmammare. Granmammare asks Sōsuke if he can love even if Ponyo is a fish or mermaid. Sōsuke answers he likes all form of Ponyo. Granmammare allows her to become human.

PONYO PONYO! So friggin' cute.

1 comment:

Lucy Vonne said...

I will not allow this filth in my house.

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