Ponyo (崖の上のポニョ Gake no Ue no Ponyo, literally “Ponyo on the Cliff”), initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿) of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is Miyazaki’s eighth film for Ghibli, and his tenth overall.
The film was released in Japan on July 19, 2008, and it has won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
The plot follows Brunhilde, a fish-girl who lives with her father Fujimoto, a once-human wizard or scientist who now lives underwater, and her numerous smaller sisters. One day, while she and her siblings are on an outing with their father in his four-flippered submarine, Brunhilde sneaks off and floats away on the back of a jellyfish. After an encounter with a fishing trawler (the net of which is scraping the trash-strewn bottom of the harbor), she ends up stuck in a bottle. She drifts to the shore of a small fishing town and is found and rescued by a small boy named Sousuke. Splitting the bottle open, Sousuke cuts his finger in the process. Brunhilde licks his wound when he picks her up, and the wound heals almost instantly. After taking a great liking to her, Sousuke renames her Ponyo and promises to protect her forever. Meanwhile, a distraught Fujimoto is searching frantically for his daughter. Because of his own bad memories of the human world, he believes that Sousuke has kidnapped her, and he calls his wave spirits to recover her.
Ponyo and Fujimoto have an argument, during which Ponyo voices her desire to become human. Suddenly she starts to grow legs and turn into a human, a power granted to her by the human blood she ingested when she licked Sousuke’s finger. Her father turns her back with difficulty and goes to summon Ponyo’s mother, Granmamare. Meanwhile, Ponyo, with the help of her sisters, breaks away from her father and uses his magic to make herself fully human. The huge amount of magic that she inadvertently releases into the ocean causes an imbalance in the world, resulting in a huge tsunami. Running pell-mell over the waves of the storm, Ponyo goes back to visit Sousuke, who is amazed but overjoyed to see her. Lisa is equally amazed, but takes Ponyo’s transformation in stride. Lisa, Sousuke, and Ponyo wait out the storm at Sōsuke’s house, where Ponyo learns of some of the things in the human world. Worried about the residents of the nursing home where she works, Lisa leaves to check up on them, promising Sousuke that she will return as soon as possible.
And that’s it for the spoiler! 😀 It is quite an enjoyable movie so I recommend you to watch it!
For now, enjoy the trailer below!