Ponyo is the latest magical creation from Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. You can see that inspiration has been taken from Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale The Little Mermaid, as it is about a young boy Sosuke who rescues a fish, befriends her and names her Ponyo. However, Ponyo's father is a sea wizard and in desperation uses his magic to bring her back. When back under the sea Ponyo, being a stubborn little goldfish, steals some of her father's magic to become human, and escapes back to Sosuke, where together they embark on a heart-warming journey of friendship.
I have been a fan of Studio Ghibli films for a long, long time, and Ponyo did not disappoint. It has a beautiful and serene aesthetic like that of My Neighbor Totoro, and the bittersweetness of Kiki's Delivery Service. The relationship between main characters Ponyo and Sosuke, voiced by Noah Cyrus and Frankie Jonas, is just adorable. Cate Blanchett and Liam Neeson also lend their voices to the film as the magical parents of Ponyo ♥