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PONYO
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS:   103 minutes, featurettes, storyboard version of film, Enter The Lands interactive experience
VIDEO:  1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1, Japanese 5.1, French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
 
STUDIO:  Walt Disney Studios/ Studio Ghibli/ Nippon Television Network
RELEASE DATE:  3-2-2010

PONYO is Mayao Hiyazaki's take on THE LITTLE MERMAID.  It is a beautiful and fun anime from a visual genius.  Ponyo is a little goldfish who ignores her father's wishes and leaves home.  She meets a five year old boy, Sosuke, and wants to be a human girl.  In doing so, she lets loose a wild set of events including teh oceans rising and the moon moving closer to Earth.  Can Ponyo become a human girl or will the world suffer because of what she wants?

PONYO is a delightful film and the English language track is matched with a wonderful cast of voices (Liam Nesson is a delight as Ponyo's father Fujimoto).   I would say families can ejoy this film together.  It has teh magic that some of the best animated films have.   PONYO does have some ambiguity to it as to who is right or wrong, but the film sometimes does have an awkward enviromental message which is a little too forced.

SPECIAL FETAURES:
The first disc has a MEET PONYO featurette which has the producers discussing how they adapted the filmf or English audiences (they got the scriptwriter of ET to write the English script for the film).
 
The second disc features an interactive experience with ENTER THE LANDS which gives info and quizes on various Miyazaki films.  Then you have BEHIND THE STUDIO which looks at the making of PONYO and the inspiration for it through various featurettes.   Wrapping up of disc two extras is a storyboard version of the film.
 
The first disc of the DVD is included in the Blu-ray combo pack.
 
FINAL ANALYSIS:  PONYO is a fun and imaginative take on THE LITTLE MERMAID.  Fun for the whole family.
 
This DVD review is (c)3-8-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com