‘Ponyo’ saves the world

Posted by · 3:00 pm · October 3rd, 2009

PonyoOkay, not quite the world, but a very small part of it. The small, picturesque Japanese fishing port that inspired the setting for Hayao Miyazaki’s “Ponyo” has been spared a drastic redevelopment (a landfill and bridge were on the cards, apparently) thanks to the film itself. Variety reports:

Miyazaki conceived the idea for “Ponyo,” which earned $170 million at the Japanese B.O. last year, in a two-month stay at Tomonoura port and his animators used it as a setting for the toon. It has since become a mecca for “Ponyo” fans, boosting revenues of local businesses.

The International Council on Monuments and Sites has named Tomonoura as an endangered historical area because of the project.

I have yet to see “Ponyo” for myself (thanks, sleepy Brit distributors), so I can’t speak to its other virtues, but any film that keeps the world prettier is okay in my book.

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  • 1 10-03-2009 at 3:25 pm

    immature said...

    You’ll enjoy the film when you see it.

  • 2 10-03-2009 at 3:37 pm

    John said...

    I thought it was a very small, but very sweet, innocent story, told with absolutely gorgeous visuals.

  • 3 10-03-2009 at 4:36 pm

    N8 said...

    Certainly not Miyazaki’s best, but it’s every bit as pretty and just plain cute. I quite adored it.

  • 4 10-03-2009 at 6:29 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    the voice acting of ponyo herself is terrible, also the english dialogue is laughable at points, beautiful animation though

  • 5 10-03-2009 at 6:48 pm

    Marvin said...

    We finally got Ponyo in Puerto Rican theaters 2 weeks ago but I decided to skip it as only the English translation was shown. This week brought us The Informant! and tomorrow (thanks to the San Juan Int. Film Festival) Revanche plays for one day only.

  • 6 10-03-2009 at 11:28 pm

    red_wine said...

    Ponyo is really gorgeous with that true spark of imagination to conjure up beautiful lavish visuals. And there’s a flow to the sequences that once they get going, sweep you along. But. The story is actually without conflict. So that makes it very light.

    Coraline’s story was very good but it lacked the spark of imagination to overwhelm you with its visuals. And Up had both.