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Release Date: 03/02/2010 Sub-Genre: Animated
Rating: G Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Region Code: DVD: 1 (US, Canada...) Format: DVD
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Number of Discs: 2
Rating: G (MPAA)
Film Country: Japan
"Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece, a delightfully sweet, extraordinarily imaginative LITTLE MERMAID-esque children's fantasy."
Premiere - Mark Salisbury (09/12/2008)
"[O]lder kids and even adults are unlikely to get bored, thanks to the story's unforced sweetness, giddy highs, and stunningly beautiful visuals." -- Grade: A
A.V. Club - Tasha Robinson (08/13/2009)
"[A]n emotionally profound, visually thrilling animated reimagining of the classic fairy tale THE LITTLE MERMAID..." -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (08/21/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- “With its ever shifting world and palpable sense of magic, PONYO captures the wonder of being a child....Miyaki is a master at interweaving reality and fantasy.”
USA Today - Claudia Puig (08/14/2009)
"PONYO begins not with the ordinary but with an extraordinary vision of a dazzling undersea world that is rich with visual wonders..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (08/14/2009)
4 stars out of 4 -- "This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (08/13/2009)
"[I]ts themes -- the relationships between parent and child, between the young and the elderly, between friends, between man and nature -- are large and fully realized."
Wall Street Journal (08/14/2009)
"PONYO is the latest masterwork from Mr. Miyazaki....[The film] shares thematic and visual similarities with his earlier work, notably its emphasis on the natural world, its tumults and fragility."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (08/19/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he delicate colors and hand-drawn, proudly 2-D images are breathtaking....Miyazaki works marvels."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (09/03/2009)
Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "The word to describe PONYO, is magical."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (12/24/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "With its pastel palette and loose line-work, Ponyo's handmade look fits the film's child-like spirit like a mitten."
Total Film - Matthew Leyland (01/26/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a edgy beauty that sticks in the mind, most of all in the sequence where Miyazaki unleashes a raging tsunami on the Japanese shore."
Empire - Nick De Semlyen (02/05/2010)
"The bravura animation, showing the massive magic waves crashing explosively against a coastal road, conveys the might of nature better than any dialogue."
Sight and Sound - Andrew Osmond (03/01/2010)