I seem to be the only person left on the planet Earth that hasn’t watched, “Star Trek” yet. But I have watched “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” ( 崖の上のポニョ)
Loosely based on “The Little Mermaid”, Miyazaki’s latest film centers around a fish-girl who wants to become human after being rescued by 5-year old Sosuke. Ponyo’s sea magician father is against it, being human himself once.
I can’t really remember a lot about the plot because it’s not plot driven. It plays out a lot like the way a toddler would tell you a story. Maybe that was intentional, maybe not. It focuses more on the relationships between each character.
And the visuals. Oh, the visuals.
The character designs are a throwback to some of his older work and this whole film was drawn and coloured entirely by hand. The waves morphs into whales and fish and I wouldn’t mind having an ocean in my yard.
Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delvery Service and My Neighbour Totoro will still be my top Miyazaki picks, but Ponyo is definately worth watching.