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Rated G · 100 minutes · 2009

Adventure, Anime, Fantasy
Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated adventure involves a little boy finding a fish named Ponyo—and a bunch of magic. I’m thinking this may have been better in its original Japanese version, before Disney dubbed it with English-speaking voices. The likes of Tina Fey, Liam Neeson and Lily Tomlin lend their vocals, and while they perform admirably, it’s still a little awkward. The movie offers plenty of visual delights, and I look forward to the DVD release, where I can hopefully watch it in its original state. Noah Lindsey Cyrus (sister of Miley) provides the vocals for Ponyo, and her voice is quite grating. Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Tomlin voice some elderly women, and they fare better. Still, the American voices don’t match the mouth movements, and it throws the pacing off.
Official Site: disney.go.com/disneypictures
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steve Alpert, John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Noah Cyrus, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Frankie Jonas, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White, Kurt Knutsson and Jennessa Rose

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Portland Mercury Sea World Ponyo is the best version of "The Little Mermaid" since Splash! by Erik Henriksen 08/13/2009

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