Check This Out: Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff Poster

May 1, 2009
Source: Ain't It Cool News

Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff Poster

Ah yes, Hayao Miyazaki, one of the great filmmakers of all time. I'm excited to see his latest film, known in Japan as Ponyo on the Cliff, even though it's a little more kid friendly than his last few films. Disney is bringing it to theaters here in August, and they've lined up a hell of cast for the English voiceover (although I personally prefer to just watch it with subtitles instead). Anyway, our friends at Ain't It Cool News have debuted the official US poster today as well as a first look photo (seen above). Not that we haven't seen anything from this before, but I'm excited to feature anything from Miyazaki, especially from Ponyo.

Ponyo Poster

You can find more info on this movie at the official website:

An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human. You can check out an old Japanese teaser trailer right here if interested.

Ponyo on the Cliff is both written and directed by master animator Hayao Miyazaki, of Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle previously, and was animated at the legendary Studio Ghibli. The Toho Company just released the film in theaters in Japan this weekend. Disney is bringing Ponyo on the Cliff, now known as just Ponyo, to theaters everywhere on August 14th.

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Reader Feedback - 28 Comments


Im very excited to see this and the poster is pretty good.

PJ H on May 1, 2009


Anything Miyazaki is involved in I'm down to watch.

KenDoll on May 1, 2009


All over this, my kid in tow.

dRailer on May 1, 2009


Tina Fey???!!! WORD!

Conrad on May 1, 2009


Not Bad. but it has a "Finding Nemo" thing going on. Maybe the title letters.

Mario on May 1, 2009


That poster is simply gorgeous. We definitely need to see more traditionally-animated features out in the marketplace, and Disney seems like they're going to put real effort in selling this. I can't wait! Plus Tina Fey= $10 out of my pocket the second her name is mentioned. If you monkeys don't like that, then you can suck it!

Andrew on May 1, 2009


Will jizz myself upon viewing ... not kidding

A-Dog on May 1, 2009


<3 anything miyazaki is golden.

Lacey on May 1, 2009


I am more excited for this than for UP.

keicharones on May 2, 2009


Finding Ponyo. 'Nuff Said.

Dr Robotnik on May 2, 2009


@ 8 Incredibly true, and I agree. Most certainly looking forward to this.

Eric on May 2, 2009


Miyazaki's work is so heavily under appreciated in the Academy awards, it makes me sick. I understand why Pixar has been winning so many awards, but for Miyazaki to have only one is ridiculous. I do have to give Disney a nod for keeping the original production value and having quality voice actors for the Studio Ghibi features. It has been even nicer that they release both language formats for their DVDs; so unlike them.

L on May 2, 2009


I don't really like the poster, it's way to much like something Pixar would do. It's the first thing I thought of. Even though, you can bet I'll be seeing this when it's hits theaters on Aug. 14! I've seen it many times already but come on, you should never pass up a Ghibli film in theaters. But I agree with L(#12) greatly. Pixar's work is great and all, but Miyazaki is far better. He needs more recognition here in the states and some more awards too. I'm happy Disney wants to do their best with casting for Ghibli movies, but they don't market them enough as far as I'm concerned. The only people who know when his movies are in theaters are the ones who actually go out and search the internet for dates and times. Would a little TV spot here and there hurt Disney's massive money bank? I'd really enjoy seeing a few promo spots on my TV, that's for sure.

Kat on May 2, 2009


Well, gee, that's an original tagline! I'm super-excited for the movie, of course. They've shortened the name (like they did with Spirited Away), but come on -- it's a MIYAZAKI flick, of course I'll see it.

DogChasingCars on May 2, 2009


actually, it's known as "Ponyo on a cliff" here in the states. In japan, the full title is "Ponyo on a cliff by the sea" Unless that's an older, unofficial title or something. Just splitting hairs, tho. I like the idea of the poster, but they went and crapped it up by throwing the tag line right in the middle, putting the voice actors all over the top... The poster should just be: 1) The image 2) "PONYO" 3) nothing else. There are very very few posters being made today that don't flat-out suck balls. Almost all of them do. I miss the old days when they'd actually get artists to design the posters and not marketing teams or whatever talentless hacks will do it for the least money. The art of the movie poster is all but dead. The film is awesome, tho. You should all go see it. A pity it probably won't get a subtitled theatrical release.

Squiggly on May 2, 2009


actually, I have to go badk on what I said. Even with my original suggestions of just the image and the title, this would still be a shit poster. The original Japanese poster was orders of magnitude better:

Squiggly on May 2, 2009


Miyazaki can do no wrong............................

SHANEDAV on May 2, 2009


But Disney can...........................The voice over casting sucks balls. Guess I will watch the import

SHANEDAV on May 2, 2009


Disney's voiceovers for Miyazaki's films have always been fantastic. I too am a fan of watching the originals with subtitles, but these dubs are really well matched translated, and especially cast.

Zamora on May 2, 2009


#16 True, that is a better poster. way better. wouldnt mind having that one on my wall.

Mario on May 2, 2009


i dont know abt this one. sound off: Dubbed vs Subbed. personally i like the subbed version better than the dubbed, case in point, princess mononoke's dubbed version wasnt all that good.

A.B. on May 2, 2009


i avoid dubs at all costs, especially north american dubs. they tend to change the dialogue alot (sometimes to cheesy lines or include "american slangs" which doesnt even fit in with the film) for the sake of matching it with the lip synching. it really disgusts me. if you're a fan of animation or ghibili movies, do yourself a huge favour and get the version where you can watch it in its original language.

Eddii on May 2, 2009


I just wish they'd put both dub and sub on the DVDs. I like watching with dub the first few times on a Miyazaki film so I can drink in the sights, but I'd love to hear the original voice cast as well.

dRailer on May 2, 2009


HEEEY Be glad they didn't splash CYRUS and JONAS all over the poster.

Kolya on May 2, 2009


Posters always have to be idiot proofed for mass marketing, it's Disney, they did the same with the mouse ears like Hitler did with the Swastika. Making it look like Finding Nemo was probably not a coincidence. The film I imagine will be great, I don't need A Jonas Brother or Matt Damon to get me to go see it.

Crapola on May 3, 2009


#24 pigs will fly before they add cyrus or jonas to a Miyazaki film............ *gulp* hope not

SHANEDAV on May 4, 2009


not another stupid disney remake of a great movie. here's a tip, teach your kids how to read and get your hands on a dubbed version. It's nothing like finding nemo because neither disney nor pixar have touched it, and miyazaki is the last man on earth you'll see copping ideas from other films. Miyazaki's movies don't need A-list celebs to do voiceovers.

Chelsea on Oct 14, 2009


Spare us the hellstorm Miyazaki has unleashed upon the animation world with those monstrosities he calls films. He seems to have two distinct morphs of movie, neither one very good. The first is usually just him babbling about why nature is always good and man is always evil as he forces us to hear his characters have at least one speech about how good a person they are because they defend nature. Yes, Hayao, we are destroying nature, yes we are polluting the environment, how about telling us something new? He's not making his audience think with these types of movies, he's just selling them a guilt trip. The second is his other equally bad but far less offensive movie type where a female character is just usually crying and/or doing chores or wandering around a fantasy environment like they're on the world's dullest sightseeing tour. Just look at them, Kiki, Chihiro, Sophie, they spend more than half the movie crying or doing chores, it's like he made the exact same movie at least three times and switched the setting slightly. Then he gets praised for using a “strong” female protagonist because she happens to look determined in one single scene while she cries and whines the rest of the time. Miyazaki is not being creative. He utilizes the same themes and character types in every movie with little to no variation. Everyone praises his works for looking pretty while being distracted from the utter lack of realistic or meaningful story or character.

Glass on Nov 22, 2010

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