Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff Coming to Theaters in August
by Alex Billington
March 24, 2009
Disney will finally be bringing Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, Ponyo on the Cliff, to theaters on August 14th later this year. Unfortunately, the version we'll all be seeing will have dubbed voices instead of subtitles (I prefer to watch all of Miyazaki's films with subtitles and original Japanese audio). Ponyo on the Cliff actually opened in Japan in July of last year and has already earned ¥15.0 billion, which is about $153 million. Disney's John Lasseter has been working with Spielberg's producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy to make this release Miyazaki's "biggest hit ever Stateside." Mark this down in your calendar!
Spirited Away, which went on to win an Academy Award, debuted in 2002 in the US and made only $10 million at the box office. Howl's Moving Castle only made $4.7 million in 2005. As absolutely wonderful as Miyazaki's films are, they're not exactly big hitters at the box office, but I've heard that Ponyo on the Cliff is more accessible for kids than some of Miyazaki's past work. I'm a huge fan of Miyazaki and love almost all of his films, so I can't wait to see this, even dubbed in English. Last year we debuted the Japanese trailer for Ponyo, so check that out and otherwise stay tuned for the Disney approved US trailer soon enough.