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Ponyo (2008)

PONYO Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas lend their voices as new-found friends in PONYO

PONYO
Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas lend their voices as new-found friends in PONYO

A child really is the best example of how to love.

When a child smiles at the littlest thing, or gets a new pet, it tugs at any adult’s heart strings. That kind of love is wonderfully shown in Ponyo, another hit from Studio Ghibli.

The film (which is based off of the original story of “The Little Mermaid) centers around 5 year old Sosuke (Frankie Jonas, the youngest of the Jonas brothers), who discovers a magical gold fish he names Ponyo (Noah Cyrus). Together, they go on an adventure that is both magical and life changing (which, when done right, is always a joy to behold regardless of your age).

Others in the cast include the great Liam Neeson as Fujimoto, Ponyo’s demanding father. Also well cast is Tina Fey as Lisa, Sosuke’s mother, who is upset at the fact that her husband, Koichi (Matt Damon) is always at sea.

The animation of anime is always uncanny, and there is no exception here. What makes Ponyo stand out even more is the story. Parents, it is essential for kids to know to love others, regardless of appearance. Even if the entity is a fish.

Overall: Four Stars ****

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